Newspaper Editor Salary

Newspaper Editors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K per year. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Newspaper Editors making up 53 percent of survey respondents. One in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and roughly one-half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,228 - $69,491
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$69K
MEDIAN: $39,683
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$9.91 - $28.28
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$14
$28
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,228 - $69,491  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
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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$23,829 - $68,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $28.28  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
   
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).
)
$23,829 - $68,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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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Newspaper Editors sometimes assume positions such as Magazine Editors. That role pays $47K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor


Survey results show that Newspaper Editors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Editing, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Those familiar with Adobe InDesign also tend to know 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. Newspaper Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 29%

National Average
$38,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

National Average
$38,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 25%
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