Sr. Editor Salary

Senior Editors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $62K per year on average but can range from $41K to $98K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Editors — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $98K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. For the most part, Senior Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Editors making up 72 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,934 - $92,825

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$15.89 - $53.96

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,934 - $92,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,143  
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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$40,910 - $98,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 818
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.89 - $53.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $87.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,143  
   
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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$40,910 - $98,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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 transition into an Editorial Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $87K per year. 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 wield many skills on the job. 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. Most people who know Editing also know Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Editor

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $51K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. On average, Senior Editors make $68K following one to two decades on the job. Senior Editors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Editors, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 16 percent above the national average. Senior Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Senior Editors in Fort Lauderdale make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Dallas (18 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%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$63,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

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
72 %
Male
28 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%
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