Editorial Assistant Salary

Editorial Assistants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $33K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. The vast majority of Editorial Assistants (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Editorial Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,256 - $40,839
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$25K
$33K
$41K
MEDIAN: $33,049
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$9.91 - $21.40
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$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,256 - $40,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,967  
Profit Sharing
$1,028 - $1,572  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,409 - $42,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 438
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $21.40  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $33.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,967  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,028 - $1,572  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,409 - $42,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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Job Description for Editorial Assistant

A publication's editorial staff which is responsible for taking content from writers and presenting them in an interesting, readable format. Working under the supervision of a senior editor, an editorial assistant is a part of the editorial staff that takes on a range of tasks such as proofreading, copywriting, aiding in final design and layout, and maintaining correspondence with writers. In addition, the editorial assistant often executes basic office duties when required, such as answering phones and greeting visitors.

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Editorial Assistant Tasks

  • Track, analyze, and report on submissions, authors, and responses to pieces.
  • Assist with monitoring and editing content and communicating with writers.
  • Provide administrative assistance like filing, correspondence, maintaining calendars, and preparing materials.
  • Perform copy edits to enforce conformance with organizational standards and guidelines.

Common Career Paths for Editorial Assistant


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Editorial Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Editor, where median compensation is $62K annually. A common career progression for an Editorial Assistant is to become an Editor or an Associate Print Editor. Compared to Editorial Assistants, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Editorial Assistant


The biggest paychecks can be found at Time Inc. — the median salary there is $33K.

Offering a median salary of only $30K, Oxford University Press gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $20K to $35K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in writing, Office Administration, Proofreading, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Writing, Microsoft Office, and Administration. Those familiar with Editing also tend to know Office Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Editorial Assistants in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent) and New York (+2 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 percent below the national average.

Editorial Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Editorial Assistant?

Editorial Assistant in Thousand Oaks:
"Learn quickly and move up."
Pros: When I get a great author who reminds me why I love my job. Working with authors that are passionate about what they do really make you care about your work and the books you're helping create. I'm helping create great books--that's all I ever wanted to do.
Cons: Managing personalities is a big part of my job and sometimes it's exhausting. It's hard to be at the bottom of the food chain without tons of power when your superiors miss deadlines or don't work well with others.

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Experience Affects Editorial Assistant Salaries



National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

writing
up arrow 8%

Office Administration
up arrow 4%

Editing
0%

Proofreading
0%

National Average
$32,000

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 21%
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