An average Managing Editor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $58K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Managing Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Managing Editors survey respondents are women (74 percent). A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,121 - $96,026
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MEDIAN: $57,702
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$12.00 - $49.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$37,121 - $96,026  
   
Bonus
$1,005 - $13,702  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$36,212 - $98,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 674
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$900$1.8K$2.7K
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $49.43  
   
Overtime
$31.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$1.8M$3.6M$5.4M
Bonus
$1,005 - $13,702  
   
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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$36,212 - $98,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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

  • Initiate and approve story assignments.
  • Work with the executive editor on all aspects of producing the company's print and digital products.
  • Manage creation of all editorial content.
  • Manage beat editors, copy editors and multimedia editors.

Common Career Paths for Managing Editor


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Managing Editors might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Editorial Director, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $89K per year. More often than not, an Editor in Chief role is the next step for Managing Editors moving up in the field. Editor in Chiefs usually make $72K per year. Many other Managing Editors choose to take on a Magazine Editor role, where salaries are typically $47K.

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Popular Skills for Managing Editor


Managing Editors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Marketing Communications, Wordpress, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe InDesign, writing, and Technical Writing. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Managing Editors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. Managing Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. 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 $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,285

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

For Managing Editors, working in the bustling city of Philadelphia has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Managing Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), New York (+30 percent), and Los Angeles (+24 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (18 percent lower) and Minneapolis (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Managing Editor

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Managing Editor Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Managing Editor Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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