Sr. Editor Salary

Roughly three in five of Senior Editors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $41K to $101K per year, and the average comes out to $62K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Editors — including $10K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $101K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Senior Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$41,213 - $95,791
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$41K
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MEDIAN: $62,130
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$17.88 - $59.18
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,213 - $95,791  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,184  
Profit Sharing
$280.00 - $12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$41,489 - $101,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 836
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Hourly Rate
$17.88 - $59.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$280.00 - $12,500  
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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$41,489 - $101,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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Sr. Editor Tasks

  • Create content ideas; delegate and oversee writing assignments.
  • Track expenses related to publication.
  • Utilize mastery of the English language to write and proofread articles for accuracy, consistency, and overall quality.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Editor


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For Senior Editors, progressing to an Editorial Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Editorial Director can earn $87K annually. Going from Senior Editor to Managing Editor is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Managing Editors is $51K. Many others choose to work as Executive Editors, where pay is typically $86K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Editor


The lowest salaries can be found at Time Inc. — median pay is $72K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $65K and only reaching $109K.

Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Senior Editors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Social Media Optimization, Technical Writing, People Management, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Video Editing, writing, and Proofreading. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $51K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. On average, Senior Editors make $68K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,814

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Senior Editors in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Senior Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Fort Lauderdale Senior Editors earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (18 percent less) and Dallas (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 19%


People Management
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

National Average
$63,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 3%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 4%

Acquisitions
up arrow 4%



writing
up arrow 12%

Video Editing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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