Managing Editors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $58K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Managing Editors making up 72 percent. For the most part, Managing Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,105 - $96,469
(Median)
$37K
$58K
$96K
MEDIAN: $57,777
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$11.23 - $49.89
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$11
$21
$50
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$37,105 - $96,469  
   
Bonus
$997 - $12,386  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$36,247 - $99,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 675
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.23 - $49.89  
   
Overtime
$33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$997 - $12,386  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$36,247 - $99,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Managing Editor

Managing editors work primarily in the publication field and are responsible for overseeing publishing from start to finish. This position may require at least seven years of experience and a bachelor's degree in English, writing, or journalism, and these directors are also responsible for overseeing a collective group of writers (professional, freelance, or both) for specific publications such as magazines or newspapers.

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Managing Editor Tasks

  • 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 don't often assume a higher-end position such as an Editorial Director. Employees in that role get paid an average $89K per year. Becoming an Editor in Chief is, more often than not, the most common role that Managing Editors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $71K. Another frequent advance is for Managing Editors to assume a Magazine Editor role; in this role, workers often earn $47K.

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Popular Skills for Managing Editor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Copywriting, Wordpress, People Management, and Social Media Marketing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe InDesign, writing, and Adobe Photoshop. It is often found that people who know Editing are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Managing Editor

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


Managing Editors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,400

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Managing Editors, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Managing Editors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), New York (+30 percent), and Philadelphia (+25 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Workers in Raleigh and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 17 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Managing Editor Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Managing Editor Salaries

Copywriting
up arrow 9%

Wordpress
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National Average
$57,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 1%

Editing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%




writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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