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Executive Editor Salary (United States)

Executive Editors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over four-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $54K to $156K per year, median earnings come to $87K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Executive Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Executive Editors (64 percent) survey participants are women.
Executive Editor Salary (?
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$57,257 - $154,063
MEDIAN: $86,687
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National Salary Data

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$57,257 - $154,063  
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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).
$54,232 - $155,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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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Typical Executive Editors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts ranging from 6 percent to 11 percent. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Executive Editors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $66K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $85K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Executive Editors make a median salary of $95K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $98K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Executive Editors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Executive Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent) and Boston (+9 percent).

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Experience Affects Executive Editor Salaries

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Skills That Affect Executive Editor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%