Sr. Editor Salary (United States)

Sr. Editors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $40,047 to $95,065 per year, typical earnings come to $61,877 annually. Overall cash allowance—including $9,944 bonuses and $10,213 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $40,098 and $89,280. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Female Sr. Editors make up most of the field at 71 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,098 - $89,280
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MEDIAN: $60,741
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Sr. Editor Salary (?
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$14.98 - $53.19
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,098 - $89,280  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,944  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$40,047 - $95,065  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 821
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$14.98 - $53.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,944  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $10,213  
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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$40,047 - $95,065  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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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Common Career Paths for Sr. Editor

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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Sr. Editors. At the upper end, those who move into an Editorial Director role can bring in an extra $26K per year. More commonly, Sr. Editors take pay cuts as they move into roles as Managing Editors or Video Editors, making $11,295 or $21K less per year, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor

Sr. Editors report using a large range of skills on the job. Those who have experience with People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 8 percent more than the national average, respectively. 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.
Though Sr. Editors can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Though starting salaries approximate $49K, they climb to $58K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $68K. After 20 years in the field, Sr. Editors see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $70K. Sr. Editors with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Sr. Editors, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 14 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Philadelphia, top-paying markets where Sr. Editors rake in more than the national norm (+13 percent, +10 percent, +8 percent, and +2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Fort Lauderdale, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (-20 percent) and Los Angeles (-12 percent).

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries

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$62,000

Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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