Newspaper Editor Salary

Newspaper Editors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K annually. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Newspaper Editors making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Newspaper Editors. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,623 - $69,653

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$9.86 - $25.17

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,623 - $69,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
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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$24,111 - $68,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $25.17  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
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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$24,111 - $68,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Job Description for Newspaper Editor

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

Common Career Paths for Newspaper Editor


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Many Newspaper Editors move into a Magazine Editor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $47K per year.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor


Professional skills reported by Newspaper Editors are few in number. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Editing, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. For most people, competency in Adobe InDesign indicates knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Newspaper Editor

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


For many Newspaper Editors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $31K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $36K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Newspaper Editors make a median salary of $49K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 28%

National Average
$38,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

National Average
$38,000


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 25%
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