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Managing Editor Salary (United States)

Managing Editors in the United States can typically expect wages of $54K per year. The range in cash compensation to Managing Editors ($32K to $89K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Managing Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Managing Editor Salary (?
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$33,749 - $88,840
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MEDIAN: $53,588
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Managing Editor Salary (?
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$10.77 - $33.89
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,749 - $88,840  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $10,067  
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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$32,343 - $89,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $33.89  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $51.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $10,067  
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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$32,343 - $89,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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. an Editorial Director typically earns $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

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Social Media Marketing, Web Content Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 16 percent, 16 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Proofreading. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. On average, Managing Editors make $62K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $67K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a sixth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$53,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Managing Editors, 32 percent higher than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Washington, where Managing Editors typically earn around 27 percent, 26 percent, 18 percent, and 14 percent more than usual. Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.

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Experience Affects Managing Editor Salaries

National Average
$53,000

Skills That Affect Managing Editor Salaries

Web Content Management
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Social Media Marketing
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Microsoft Office
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$53,000
Technical Writing
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 340 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%