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Magazine Publisher Salary

Magazine Publishers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $101K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings of Magazine Publishers — including $31K in bonuses, $40K in profit sharing proceeds, and $77K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $51K to approximately $177K depending on individual performance. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Magazine Publishers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. More than half of Magazine Publishers (64 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$52,515 - $152,516
MEDIAN: $100,595

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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.
$52,515 - $152,516  
$0.00 - $30,701  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $40,365  
$10.00 - $77,419  
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).
$51,482 - $176,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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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 24 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: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%