Managing Editor Salary

Managing Editors in the United States can expect wages of $55K annually on average. Overall cash earnings of Managing Editors stretch from $33K near the bottom to $90K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Managing Editors making up 71 percent. Work is enjoyable for Managing Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,756 - $89,047
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$35K
$55K
$89K
MEDIAN: $54,503
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$12.06 - $36.42
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,756 - $89,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,647  
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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$33,372 - $89,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,078
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $36.42  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $52.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,647  
   
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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$33,372 - $89,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Editorial Director. The average Editorial Director brings home $87K per year. More often than not, a Magazine Editor role is the next step for Managing Editors moving up in the field. Pay for Magazine Editors is usually $47K. Many Managing Editors choose to take on an Editor in Chief role instead, where salaries are typically $70K.

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Popular Skills for Managing Editor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Proofreading, Project Management, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Web Content Management, and Adobe InDesign. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Managing Editor

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


Managing Editors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $70K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Managing Editors will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Managing Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Raleigh is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Workers in Denver and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 3 percent less, 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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$54,000

Social Media Marketing
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 18%
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