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Editorial Assistant Salary

Editorial Assistants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $33K per year. While years of experience and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most Editorial Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Editorial Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,292 - $40,933
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$41K
MEDIAN: $32,585
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$9.81 - $20.80
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$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$25,292 - $40,933  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,803  
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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$23,097 - $41,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $20.80  
   
Overtime
$14.73 - $35.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,803  
   
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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$23,097 - $41,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221

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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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At the upper end, Editorial Assistants who move into a Senior Editor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Editors is a much higher $61K per year. A common career progression for an Editorial Assistant is to become an Editor or an Associate Print Editor. Compared to Editorial Assistants, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant


Editorial Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in writing, Office Administration, Editing, and Proofreading are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Writing, Microsoft Office, and Copywriting. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed in Office Administration and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Editorial Assistants, 21 percent above the national average. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent) and Chicago (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Los Angeles.

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



National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

writing
up arrow 9%


Editing
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Proofreading
0%

National Average
$32,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 3%

Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Technical Writing
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 21%