Editorial Assistant Salary

Editorial Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $35K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Some workers in this field — close to one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Editorial Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,986 - $45,134
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$35K
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MEDIAN: $34,879
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$10.27 - $20.43
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MEDIAN: $15.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,986 - $45,134  
   
Bonus
$511 - $5,872  
Total Pay (?
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$25,099 - $45,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $20.43  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $30.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$511 - $5,872  
   
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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$25,099 - $45,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 133

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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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For Editorial Assistants, progressing to a Senior Editor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Editor can earn $62K annually. An Editorial Assistant often moves on to become an Editor or an Assistant Editor.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Editorial Assistant


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Editorial Assistants include Oxford University Press, Sage Publications Ltd, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Simon and Schuster, Inc, and Time Inc. Sage Publications Ltd attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $35K.

Offering a median salary of only $30K, Oxford University Press gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $20K to $35K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 of 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Administration, and writing. Most people experienced in Editing also know Oral / Verbal Communication and Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Editorial Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Editorial Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $38K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $34K. Editorial Assistants see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Editorial Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,223

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Editorial Assistants, 17 percent higher than the national average. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent), San Francisco (+5 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Baltimore, 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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Editorial Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

▲21%

▲10%

National Average
$34,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

Online Research
▲9%

Graphic Design
▲8%

Project Management
▲7%

Technical Writing
▲4%

▲1%

Social Media Marketing
▲1%

Editing
▼0%

Office Administration
▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Copywriting
▼1%


writing
▼3%

Administration
▼10%

Microsoft Office
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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