Editorial Assistant Salary

Editorial Assistants in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $33K annually on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. While close to one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 82 percent of Editorial Assistants are female. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,329 - $40,947
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$41K
MEDIAN: $33,202
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$9.90 - $21.93
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$9
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,329 - $40,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,967  
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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$23,307 - $42,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $21.93  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $33.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,967  
   
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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$23,307 - $42,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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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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For Editorial Assistants, progressing to a Senior Editor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Editor can earn $61K annually. Editorial Assistants typically move into roles as Editors or Associate Print Editors, and those positions pay $12K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Editorial Assistant


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

Employees of Oxford University Press can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $30K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $20K to $35K.

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, Copywriting, and Proofreading are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Writing, Microsoft Office, and Administration. It is often found that people who know Editing are also skilled in Office Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Editorial Assistant

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


For Editorial Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Editorial Assistants see a median salary of $37K 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 $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Editorial Assistants, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent) and New York (+2 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

writing
up arrow 8%

Office Administration
up arrow 4%

Proofreading
0%

Copywriting
0%

National Average
$32,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Administration
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 21%
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