Magazine Publisher Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Magazine Publishers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $101K per year. Cash earnings for Magazine Publishers — including $31K in bonuses and $50K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $51K to $184K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Magazine Publishers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,589 - $174,769
MEDIAN: $101,021

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$50,589 - $174,769  
$0.00 - $30,813  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,665  
$0.00 - $60,820  
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).
$50,813 - $183,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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

  • 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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Experience Affects Magazine Publisher Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


41 %
59 %

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: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 17%