Sr. Editor Salary

Senior Editors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $41K to $98K per year, median earnings come to $62K annually. In the world of Senior Editors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $98K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Senior Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,856 - $92,862
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$93K
MEDIAN: $61,845
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$16.00 - $54.24
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$16
$30
$54
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,856 - $92,862  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,155  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $14,795  
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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$40,880 - $98,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 815
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $54.24  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $87.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,155  
   
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $14,795  
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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$40,880 - $98,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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Job Description for Sr. Editor

Whether in journalism, publishing, or other online content creation, a message must be clear, correct, and properly formatted to be effective. Editors ensure this happens, and the senior editor oversees a team of editors to make sure the team's work conforms to standard. To do this, senior editors proofread submitted copy and ensure that the text is readable and accurate throughout the piece; they also make sure to spot any spelling or grammar errors that junior editors may have missed. In addition, the senior editor directs subordinate editors so that they all work effectively and the final copy exhibits a consistently high level of quality.

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Senior Editors who go on to become Editorial Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Editorial Directors is $87K annually. A lot of Senior Editors advance their careers by becoming Managing Editors and Video Editors. However, those positions offer $12K less and $21K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Senior Editors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Social Media Optimization, People Management, Writing Procedures & Documentation, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Video Editing and Copywriting also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Editing are, more often than not, also skilled in Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Editor

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


For Senior Editors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. Senior Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $71K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Editors, 15 percent higher than the national average. Senior Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Editors is geography, with workers in Fort Lauderdale earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Dallas (19 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 20%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Editing
0%

Technical Writing
0%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

National Average
$63,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Acquisitions
up arrow 4%



Video Editing
up arrow 16%

writing
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%
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