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Managing Editor Salary

The average Managing Editor in the United States earns approximately $55K per year. Total cash compensation for Managing Editors runs from $33K to $90K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Managing Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Managing Editors survey respondents are women (72 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,514 - $89,521
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$90K
MEDIAN: $54,554
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90%

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$12.11 - $36.28
(Median)
$12
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$34,514 - $89,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,781  
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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$33,054 - $90,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,065
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $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 - $9,781  
   
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).
)
$33,054 - $90,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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As Managing Editors transition into upper-level roles such as Editorial Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Editorial Directors earn $87K on average per year. 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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Proofreading, and HTML are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Web Content Management, and Adobe InDesign. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Managing Editors. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $45K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $56K. Managing Editors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Managing Editors, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Managing Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Raleigh, 19 percent below the national average. Denver and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Managing Editor Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Managing Editor Salaries


Project Management
up arrow 3%

Proofreading
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Social Media Marketing
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National Average
$54,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
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writing
up arrow 7%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 240 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 18%
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