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Managing Editor Salary

The average Managing Editor in the United States earns approximately $54K per year. Total incomes of Managing Editors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $9K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $33K and $90K. Career length and the particular city 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. Female Managing Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Most Managing Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,230 - $89,603
(Median)
$34K
$54K
$90K
MEDIAN: $54,322
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90%

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$10.57 - $36.28
(Median)
$11
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$34,230 - $89,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,738  
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $9,123  
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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$32,904 - $90,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,061
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $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 - $9,738  
   
Profit Sharing
$389.78 - $9,123  
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).
)
$32,904 - $90,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 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. Managing Editors go on to become Magazine Editors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $47K. Managing Editors who move into an Editor in Chief role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $70K.

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Popular Skills for Managing Editor


Managing Editors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Social Media Marketing, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 14 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Web Content Management. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $56K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $69K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Managing Editors, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Managing Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+28 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and Atlanta (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Raleigh is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego and Cleveland (3 percent lower).

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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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Project Management
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Proofreading
up arrow 3%

Editing
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$54,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%



writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 260 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 18%