Editorial Assistant Salary

Editorial Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $35K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Just over one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Editorial Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,988 - $45,354
$28K
$35K
$45K
MEDIAN: $34,987
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$10.57 - $20.46
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MEDIAN: $15.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,988 - $45,354  
   
Bonus
$503 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$1,550  
Total Pay (?
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$25,161 - $45,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $20.46  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $30.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$503 - $5,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,550  
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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$25,161 - $45,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Editorial Assistant


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As Editorial Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Editor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Editors earn $62K on average per year. An Editorial Assistant often moves on to become an Editor or an Assistant Editor.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Editorial Assistant


Editorial Assistants fill the offices of leading firms Oxford University Press, Sage Publications Ltd, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Simon and Schuster, Inc, and Time Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at Sage Publications Ltd — the median salary there is $35K.

Oxford University Press is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $30K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $20K while workers on the upper end may rake in $35K.

Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant


Editorial Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Online Research, Graphic Design, Project Management, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Administration and writing. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed in Oral / Verbal Communication and Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Editorial Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Editorial Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Editorial Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 348 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Editorial Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 32 salaries. An experienced Editorial Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 22 salaries. An Editorial Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,394

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Home to some of the best pay for Editorial Assistants, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 16 percent above the national average. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and San Francisco (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Baltimore, which sits 9 percent below the national average.

Editorial Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Editorial Assistant?

Editorial Assistant in New York:
"Mentally exhausting and very low pay."
Pros: I generally like doing most of the work; it's interesting if a bit on the administrative side.
Cons: The problem is the volume of work, and waking up on weekends from nightmares about forgetting all the tiny, tiny ongoing tasks you are tracking that have multiple variables impacting your role in the larger project.

Editorial Assistant in Edison:
"Learning to swallow your pride."
Pros: Being an Editorial Assistant is rewarding in that it teaches you to be incredibly organized, hone your formal correspondence voice in numerous emails, and gain a clear understanding of the publishing process/order of operations. In my case, I am learning a lot about medical journal publishing (I work for a Doctor who specializes in Sleep Medicine). The pay can be decent if you work in a city.
Cons: You have to be incredibly careful about making mistakes, perhaps more so than in other entry level writing jobs. There is a lot at stake when you send the wrong email and accept a manuscript that was meant to be rejected, or if you become overwhelmed by language editing and can't find that one article that your boss needs. The key is to ask lots of questions and only act alone if the boss has shown that they trust you. Otherwise, always ask questions and triple check everything. You do need to stand up for yourself a lot--just because you're entry level doesn't mean that you don't have a voice. Don't allow yourself to get trampled on by your older, more experienced coworkers.

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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Key Stats for Editorial Assistant

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Editorial Assistant Salaries

▲44%

▲21%

▲10%

National Average
$34,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

Online Research
▲9%

Project Management
▲7%

Graphic Design
▲7%

Technical Writing
▲4%

Microsoft Office
▲2%

▲1%

Copywriting
▲1%

Editing
▼0%

Office Administration
▼0%

Social Media Marketing
▼0%

National Average
$34,000


writing
▼4%

Administration
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 23%