In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $103K, more than two-fifths of overall earnings for Magazine Publishers arrives through commissions. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Magazine Publishers is high. Women make up a slight majority of Magazine Publishers (53 percent) survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$49,194 - $161,488
MEDIAN: $86,211

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$49,194 - $161,488  
$986 - $30,913  
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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).
$51,712 - $177,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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Job Description for Magazine Publisher

Magazine publishers oversee marketing, research, design, and content of their magazine. They are responsible for reviewing magazine content, editorials, and photography to make sure they meet the required standards before publication. These professionals must promote innovation related to magazine content, advertisement, sales, online presence, and other elements in magazine production and promotion. Magazine publishers actively participate in meetings to contribute to content and design ideas; they also review pre-press proofs, the final step before sending the content to press. In addition, they create important business relationships with external partners to promote the magazine, build important connections, and reduce printing and distributing expenses. Depending on the size and purpose of the magazine, the publisher may perform other duties as needed.


Magazine Publisher Tasks

  • Work with editorial team and management to develop and implement goals and initiatives.
  • Supervise management, assisting in hiring and training.
  • Manage business-to-business advertising and sales and conduct daily prospecting via meetings and presentations.
  • Build contacts, partners, and funding opportunities through networking and community outreach.

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Pay by Experience Level for Magazine Publisher

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

Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $70K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $74K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $121K on average. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $104K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


53 %
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 15%