Executive Editor Salary

Approximately four in five of Executive Editors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $56K to $151K per year, but median earnings come to around $87K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Executive Editors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Executive Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$56,982 - $150,564

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$56,982 - $150,564  
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$56,093 - $150,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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. Those who have experience with People Management, Editing, and Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management and Editing. Those with knowledge of Editing tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Editor

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

Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $66K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. For Executive Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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 19 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%