Newspaper Editor Salary

With a little over a half of Newspaper Editors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $24K to $71K per year and averages out to $40K annually. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Newspaper Editors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and one-half have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,647 - $73,298
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$73K
MEDIAN: $39,684
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$10.20 - $25.91
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$10
$14
$26
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,647 - $73,298  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$24,484 - $71,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$15.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$24,484 - $71,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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While not commonly seen, Newspaper Editors who transition into a Magazine Editor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Magazine Editors is $47K per year.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor


Survey results show that Newspaper Editors typically report just a few professional 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. The majority of those who know 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $31K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries



National Average
$38,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

National Average
$38,000

QuarkXPress
up arrow 1%

Editing
up arrow 3%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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