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Newspaper Editor Salary (United States)

Newspaper Editors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. Close to one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair portion report medical coverage and around half claim dental coverage as well. Men make up a slight majority of Newspaper Editors (52 percent). For the most part, Newspaper Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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
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$24,589 - $71,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Total Pay (?
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$23,646 - $69,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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 (?
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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$23,646 - $69,074  
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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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for Newspaper Editors. Many move into an Magazine Editor role where pay averages at $47K per year.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor

Newspaper Editors only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in QuarkXPress, Editing, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Most people experienced in 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.
Newspaper Editors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $31K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $35K. Newspaper Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, close to one-half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to a fourth.

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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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 88 votes.

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%