Managing Editor Salary (United States)

Managing Editors in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $52,949 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $32,343 to $89,448 per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $9,668 and $10,067, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $33,749 or peak near $88,840. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and about half collecting vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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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Salary
$33,749 - $88,840  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$32,343 - $89,448  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $33.89  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $51.39  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$32,343 - $89,448  
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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, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, an Editorial Director may earn an extra $35K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. The most common career progression for Managing Editors leads to becoming a Magazine Editor, which actually results in a pay cut of $6,101. However, many Managing Editors also opt to become a Magazine Editor in Chief, a move that typically includes a raise of $8,755.

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Popular Skills for Managing Editor

Managing Editors seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Most people familiar with 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.
Pay for Managing Editors increases steadily with experience. Salaries start at $42K, which grows to $55K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $62K. After 20 years in the field, Managing Editors see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $67K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent 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 16 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$53,000
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For Managing Editors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Managing Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+27 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 2 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Managing Editor Salaries

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$53,000

Skills That Affect Managing Editor Salaries

Web Content Management
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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