Magazine Publisher Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Magazine Publishers — close to one-half, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $100K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Magazine Publishers (54 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while slightly more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$48,645 - $166,107
$49K
$78K
$170K
MEDIAN: $78,129
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$48,645 - $166,107  
   
Bonus
$1,939 - $49,833  
Profit Sharing
$18,000  
Commission
$49,132  
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).
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$51,064 - $178,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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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Magazine Publisher Tasks

  • 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.
  • Work with editorial team and management to develop and implement goals and initiatives.
  • Supervise management, assisting in hiring and training.

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Pay by Experience Level for Magazine Publisher

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $70K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $72K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $119K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $103K on average.

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Key Stats for Magazine Publisher

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Magazine Publisher Salaries

Experienced
▲19%

Late-Career
▲3%

National Average
$100,000

Mid-Career
▼28%

Entry-Level
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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