Newspaper Editor Salary

Newspaper Editors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $40K annually, but may range from $25K to $80K per year. Although about a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and a little less than half get dental coverage, too. The majority of Newspaper Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Newspaper Editors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,960 - $83,844
$28K
$40K
$84K
MEDIAN: $40,203
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50%
90%

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$9.76 - $25.29
$9
$14
$25
MEDIAN: $13.71
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,960 - $83,844  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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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$24,663 - $79,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $25.29  
   
Overtime
$19.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$24,663 - $79,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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Job Description for Newspaper Editor

  • Develop story or content ideas.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
  • Ensure adherence to a style guide, correct formatting and consistent use of language within a document.
  • Review, rewrite and edit the work of writers.

Common Career Paths for Newspaper Editor


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Newspaper Editors often transition into Magazine Editor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Magazine Editors earn $47K per year.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor


Newspaper Editors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Editing, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and QuarkXPress are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing QuarkXPress as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Adobe InDesign also know Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Newspaper Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Newspaper Editors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $31K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $33K. Newspaper Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $47K on average.

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Key Stats for Newspaper Editor

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries

▲20%

▲4%

National Average
$39,000

▼16%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

National Average
$39,000

▼8%



QuarkXPress
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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