Executive Editor Salary

Executive Editors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than four-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $56K to $152K per year, median earnings come to $87K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Executive Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Executive Editors (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$57,266 - $152,140
MEDIAN: $87,381

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$57,266 - $152,140  
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$55,777 - $152,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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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Professional skills reported by Executive Editors are few in number. 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. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $66K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $75K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Executive Editors make a median salary of $95K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $98K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.


64 %
36 %

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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%