Managing Editor Salary

The average Managing Editor in the United States earns approximately $56K annually. In the world of Managing Editors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $34K and $93K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Managing Editors survey respondents are women (72 percent). Work is enjoyable for Managing Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,205 - $91,821
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$35K
$56K
$92K
MEDIAN: $55,884
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$12.06 - $39.88
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,205 - $91,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,793  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,537  
Commission
$1,965  
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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$34,058 - $92,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $39.88  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $56.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,793  
   
Commission
$1,965  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,537  
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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$34,058 - $92,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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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Though hard to find, Managing Editors sometimes become Editorial Directors. The role averages $87K 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 $71K.

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Popular Skills for Managing Editor


Survey results imply that Managing Editors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Marketing Communications, Wordpress, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 17 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and writing. Most people who know 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $64K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,655

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (12 percent lower) and Minneapolis (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Managing Editor Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Managing Editor Salaries

Marketing Communications
up arrow 31%

Wordpress
up arrow 17%


Project Management
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

Social Media Marketing
0%

National Average
$56,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
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writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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