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Editorial Assistant Salary (United States)

Just under nine-tenths of Editorial Assistants are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $32K annually. Total cash compensation to Editorial Assistants approaches anywhere from $23K on the lower end to $42K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $17K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority (83 percent) of Editorial Assistants are female. Most Editorial Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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  
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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Editorial Assistants may go on to top-notch roles like Senior Editor, where median pay is $61K annually. Editorial Assistants most often move into positions as Editors or Associate Print Editors; those groups report median salaries that are $13K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

Editorial Assistant Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant

Editorial Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Office Administration, writing, Editing, and Proofreading are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Technical Writing and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Editing also know Office Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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National Average
$31,000
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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Editorial Assistants, 23 percent above the national average. 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
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Copywriting
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Administration
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Microsoft Office
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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%