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Editorial Assistant Salary

Editorial Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $33K annually on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Women account for the majority of Editorial Assistants who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,425 - $40,999
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$41K
MEDIAN: $32,784
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$9.84 - $20.77
(Median)
$9
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,425 - $40,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
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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$23,205 - $42,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 446
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $20.77  
   
Overtime
$14.75 - $35.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
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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$23,205 - $42,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222

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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 $61K annually. The most common next step for an Editorial Assistant is to become an Editor or an Associate Print Editor. The former position pays an additional $12K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Editorial Assistant


Time Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $33K.

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


Home to some of the best pay for Editorial Assistants, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent) and Chicago (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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 9%

Office Administration
up arrow 4%

Editing
0%

Proofreading
0%

National Average
$32,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Technical Writing
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
8%
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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