Magazine Publisher Salary

Magazine Publishers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($101K) annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Magazine Publishers — which occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $52K to approximately $182K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Male Magazine Publishers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. Most Magazine Publishers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$53,561 - $156,596
MEDIAN: $100,639

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XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$53,561 - $156,596  
$0.00 - $31,248  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,426  
$0.00 - $76,026  
Total Pay (?
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).
$51,859 - $182,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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.


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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


38 %
62 %

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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 17%