Newspaper Editor Salary (United States)

Newspaper Editors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich in their field; they only make around $36,878 annually on average. Compensation starts at $23,646 and can reach $69,074 per year. Some workers in this field—26 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. Men make up a slight majority of Newspaper Editors (52 percent). Work is enjoyable for the better half of Newspaper Editors who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Newspaper Editor Salary (?
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$24,589 - $71,393
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MEDIAN: $38,774
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Newspaper Editor Salary (?
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$9.88 - $28.65
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,589 - $71,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Total Pay (?
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$23,646 - $69,074  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $28.65  
   
Overtime
$13.57 - $43.85  
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$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Total Pay (?
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$23,646 - $69,074  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Newspaper Editors who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Magazine Editor may make an additional $9,970 per year than lower-end positions.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor

Newspaper Editors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. QuarkXPress is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. 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 is important when determining pay for Newspaper Editors. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $31K—can reach $35K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $47K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Newspaper Editors who have made it this far report earning around $51K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 26 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%
National Average
$37,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 12%
National Average
$37,000
Editing
up arrow 1%
Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%
Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
48%
female alumni
 
Male
52%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 26%
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