Slightly less than two-thirds of Newspaper Editors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $25K to $78K per year, and the average comes out to $40K annually. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men working as Newspaper Editors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Women Newspaper Editors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,713 - $83,339
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$28K
$40K
$83K
MEDIAN: $39,769
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$9.76 - $25.29
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$25
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,713 - $83,339  
   
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 - $77,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $25.29  
   
Overtime
$19.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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 - $77,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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Advancing into a Magazine Editor role seems to be a popular career move for Newspaper Editors, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $47K per year.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor


Newspaper Editors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Editing, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and QuarkXPress are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing QuarkXPress as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Adobe InDesign are also skilled in 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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $31K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $32K. On average, Newspaper Editors make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $45K.

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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries



National Average
$38,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

National Average
$38,000

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QuarkXPress
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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
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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