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Executive Editor Salary

Over four-fifths of Executive Editors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $56K to $155K per year, and the average comes out to $88K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Executive Editors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. For the most part, Executive Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$56,484 - $153,794
MEDIAN: $88,376

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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.
$56,484 - $153,794  
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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).
$55,513 - $155,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108

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Job Description for Executive Editor

  • Write and edit content, mentoring writers.
  • Integrate content and delivery across platforms to improve readers' experience.
  • Lead writing and marketing teams, ensuring brand standards are met or exceeded.
  • Identify new content streams and market them to specific sub-groups.

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Executive Editors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with People Management, Editing, and Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management. Editing and Project Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Editor

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Executive Editors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Executive Editors make a median salary of $95K. Executive Editors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $99K on average.

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Experience Affects Executive Editor Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Executive Editor Salaries

People Management
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


63 %
37 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%