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Managing Editor Salary (United States)

Pay for Managing Editors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $54K annually. Overall cash earnings for Managing Editors stretch from $32K on the lower end to $90K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Managing Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Managing Editor Salary (?
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$33,921 - $89,600
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MEDIAN: $54,179
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Managing Editor Salary (?
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$10.34 - $34.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$33,921 - $89,600  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,594  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $10,213  
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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$32,487 - $90,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,066
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $34.90  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $51.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,594  
   
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $10,213  
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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$32,487 - $90,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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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As Managing Editors transition into upper-level roles such as Editorial Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Editorial Directors on average earn $88K per year. Managing Editors go on to become Magazine Editors more often than anything even though typical pay for the role is $47K. Managing Editors who move into a Magazine Editor in Chief role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $62K.

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Popular Skills for Managing Editor

Managing Editors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Social Media Marketing, People Management, and HTML are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 13 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $55K. For Managing Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $68K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$54,000
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For Managing Editors, New York provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Managing Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

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Experience Affects Managing Editor Salaries

National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Managing Editor Salaries

Social Media Marketing
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Proofreading
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Web Content Management
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$54,000
Microsoft Office
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Technical Writing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 18%