Editorial Assistant Salary

The average salary for an Editorial Assistant is $33,546 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
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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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$21
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.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,818

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What is it like working as an Editorial Assistant?

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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Experience Affects Editorial Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
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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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