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Newspaper Editor Salary

Newspaper Editors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K per year on average. Men make up a slight majority of Newspaper Editors (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and nearly one-half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,704 - $67,463
(Median)
$25K
$38K
$67K
MEDIAN: $38,301
10%
50%
90%

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$9.86 - $28.28
(Median)
$9
$14
$28
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,704 - $67,463  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
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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$23,967 - $65,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $28.28  
   
Overtime
$14.24 - $19.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
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).
)
$23,967 - $65,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Magazine Editor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher 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 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. For most people, competency in Adobe InDesign indicates knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Newspaper Editor

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $35K on average. For Newspaper Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 28%

National Average
$36,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 8%

Editing
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 28%