Magazine Publisher Salary

Magazine Publishers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $100K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation to Magazine Publishers approaches anywhere from $52K on the lower end to $176K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $31K from bonuses and upwards of $40K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Magazine Publishers who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,492 - $152,344
MEDIAN: $100,217

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$51,492 - $152,344  
$0.00 - $30,639  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $40,365  
$19.39 - $76,978  
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).
$51,648 - $176,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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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 Magazine Publisher Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


39 %
61 %

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: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%