Editorial Assistant Salary (United States)

Nearly nine-tenths of Editorial Assistants report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $31,454 annually on average. Pay starts at $23,226 and can approach $41,571 per year on the higher side. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Editorial Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Editorial Assistant Salary (?
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$25,070 - $40,656
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MEDIAN: $31,876
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Editorial Assistant Salary (?
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$9.92 - $20.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$25,070 - $40,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,660  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $16,768  
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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$23,226 - $41,571  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $20.43  
   
Overtime
$14.83 - $31.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,660  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $16,768  
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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$23,226 - $41,571  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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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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As Editorial Assistants transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Sr. Editor may earn an extra $30K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. Career advancement for Editorial Assistants often leads to becoming Editors or Associate Print Editors, where they can earn $12,817 or $6,757 more per year.

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Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant

Survey results imply that Editorial Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Office Administration and writing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Technical Writing and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Office Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Chicago
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National Average
$31,000
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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Editorial Assistants in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+20 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Editorial Assistant Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

writing
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Editing
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Proofreading
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National Average
$31,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%
Copywriting
up arrow 2%
Administration
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
Technical Writing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 19%
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