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Managing Editor Salary

Managing Editors in the United States pull down an average of $54K per year. Final cash compensation to Managing Editors varies from around $33K to approximately $90K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $9K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Managing Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Managing Editors is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,472 - $89,583
(Median)
$34K
$54K
$90K
MEDIAN: $54,399
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90%

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$11.57 - $36.28
(Median)
$12
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,472 - $89,583  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,832  
Profit Sharing
$385.41 - $9,274  
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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$33,030 - $90,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,062
National Hourly Rate 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.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.57 - $36.28  
   
Overtime
$1.45 - $51.52  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,832  
   
Profit Sharing
$385.41 - $9,274  
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).
)
$33,030 - $90,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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Job Description for Managing Editor

  • Manage creation of all editorial content.
  • Manage beat editors, copy editors and multimedia editors.
  • Initiate and approve story assignments.
  • Work with the executive editor on all aspects of producing the company’s print and digital products.

Common Career Paths for Managing Editor


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Managing Editors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Editorial Director. The latter position pays an average of $87K annually. A Magazine Editor role is the most prevalent career advancement for Managing Editors. Paychecks for that role are $47K on average. The Editor in Chief position is another common transition for Managing Editors; in this role, salaries are typically at the $70K mark.

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Popular Skills for Managing Editor


Survey results imply that Managing Editors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Proofreading, Project Management, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Web Content Management, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. Most people who know Editing also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Managing Editor

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Managing Editors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Managing Editors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $69K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Managing Editors, Washington provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Managing Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Atlanta (+16 percent). Raleigh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Employers in San Diego and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Managing Editor Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Managing Editor Salaries


Project Management
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Proofreading
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HTML
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National Average
$54,000

Editing
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Microsoft Office
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Social Media Marketing
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Technical Writing
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writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 18%
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