Editorial Assistant Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Editorial Assistants in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $34K annually. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, nearly one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Editorial Assistants who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,699 - $41,942
(Median)
$26K
$34K
$42K
MEDIAN: $33,545
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$9.98 - $21.04
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,699 - $41,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,653  
Profit Sharing
$1,214  
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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$23,874 - $43,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $21.04  
   
Overtime
$15.02 - $32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,653  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,214  
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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$23,874 - $43,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 228
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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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At the upper end, Editorial Assistants who move into a Senior Editor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Editors is a much higher $62K per year. Editorial Assistants typically move into roles as Editors or Assistant Editors, and those positions pay $12K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Editorial Assistant


John Wiley and Sons, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $33K.

With a median salary of only $30K, Oxford University Press pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $20K to $35K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant


Editorial Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, writing, Office Administration, and Copywriting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Technical Writing, Microsoft Office, and Administration. Most people familiar with Editing also know Office Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Editorial Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Editorial Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $32K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Editorial Assistant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $44K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,818

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Editorial Assistants, 21 percent above the national average. Editorial Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+16 percent), Boston (+2 percent), New York (+2 percent), and Chicago (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 33%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

writing
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 7%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Administration
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Technical Writing
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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