Newspaper Editor Salary (United States)

Newspaper Editors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation in this field is $36,878 annually. Pay begins at $23,646 on the low end and climbs to $69,074 per year near the top. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by about half. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 52 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took 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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$9.88 - $28.65
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National Salary Data

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$24,589 - $71,393  
   
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$0.00 - $4,055  
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$23,646 - $69,074  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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$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  
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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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Newspaper Editors usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Magazine Editor may bring in a lot more money—an additional $9,970 annually.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor

Survey results show that Newspaper Editors typically report just a few professional skills. QuarkXPress is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 12 percent. 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.
Pay for Newspaper Editors increases steadily with experience. Salaries increase to $35K from around $31K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $47K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as Newspaper Editors pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $51K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a quarter. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within 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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