Editorial Assistant Salary
|Salary||$27,988 - $45,354|
|Bonus||$503 - $5,960|
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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).)
|$25,161 - $45,305|
|Hourly Rate||$10.57 - $20.46|
|Overtime||$10.21 - $30.67|
|Bonus||$503 - $5,960|
|Total Pay (||$25,161 - $45,305|
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.Read More...
Editorial assistants have input in determining what a publication looks like when it goes to press, so it is important that the prospective applicant has a mastery of the English language, knowing both proper grammar and spelling, as well as how to ensure that a written piece maintains a consistent flow. It is also important for the editorial assistant to possess effective communications skills, to help ensure that the entire editorial team is working cohesively. Many editorial assistants work in an office environment, but as online publications take a larger share of the marketplace, it is not uncommon for editorial assistants to telecommute or work from home. Hours can vary widely, especially when working under deadlines.
The position of editorial assistant is generally considered entry-level. Applicants generally must have a bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, or a related field. Additional educational requirements may be necessary for editorial staff of specialized publications, such as those in the science and medical fields.
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
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
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.
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