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Magazine Publisher Salary

Magazine Publishers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $108K per year on average. Cash earnings for Magazine Publishers — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $40K from profit sharing — stretch from around $48K to approximately $176K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Magazine Publishers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Magazine Publishers are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$48,958 - $151,277
MEDIAN: $98,745

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$48,958 - $151,277  
$0.00 - $30,304  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $40,365  
$-0.49 - $77,869  
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).
$48,380 - $175,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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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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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.


36 %
64 %

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: 46% employee benefits None: 16%