Newspaper Editor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Newspaper Editors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Although about a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly one-half get dental coverage, too. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Newspaper Editors making up 53 percent of survey respondents. For the most part, Newspaper Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,532 - $69,653
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$70K
MEDIAN: $39,945
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$9.89 - $27.81
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$28
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,532 - $69,653  
   
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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$23,909 - $68,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $27.81  
   
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).
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$23,909 - $68,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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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Though some Newspaper Editors move into positions like Magazine Editor (where the average salary is $47K), this progression is not the norm.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor


Survey takers who work as Newspaper Editors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Editing, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Most people skilled in Adobe InDesign are similarly competent in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Newspaper Editor

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Newspaper Editors. 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. On average, Newspaper Editors make $49K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 29%

National Average
$38,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

National Average
$38,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 7%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
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: 38% employee benefits None: 25%
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