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Newspaper Editor Salary

Newspaper Editors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Men working as Newspaper Editors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and about one-half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Newspaper Editors. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,003 - $68,260
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$68K
MEDIAN: $39,793
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$9.86 - $28.28
(Median)
$9
$14
$28
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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
$25,003 - $68,260  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
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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$24,037 - $66,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $28.28  
   
Overtime
$14.24 - $19.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
   
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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$24,037 - $66,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 who move on to become Magazine Editors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Magazine Editors get paid an average of $47K per year.

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Popular Skills for Newspaper Editor


Newspaper Editors report a focused set of job 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. It is often found that people who know Adobe InDesign are also skilled in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Newspaper Editor

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


For many Newspaper Editors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $31K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $36K. Newspaper Editors bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $52K.

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Experience Affects Newspaper Editor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 30%

National Average
$37,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Newspaper Editor Salaries

QuarkXPress
up arrow 5%

Editing
0%

National Average
$37,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 7%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 25%
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