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Sr. Editor Salary

Senior Editors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $61K annually, but may range from $40K to $97K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Editors ranges from $40K on the lower end to $97K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Editors making up 71 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$40,485 - $89,957
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$90K
MEDIAN: $60,934
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$15.14 - $53.38
(Median)
$15
$28
$53
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,485 - $89,957  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,951  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $10,241  
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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$40,444 - $96,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 793
National Hourly Rate 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$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$15.14 - $53.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.63  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,951  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $10,241  
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).
)
$40,444 - $96,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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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Senior Editors may experience if they take an upper-level role like Editorial Director. The position pays an average $88K annually. Many Senior Editors go on to become Managing Editors or Video Editors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $11K lower and $21K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Survey results imply that Senior Editors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Editing, 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 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.


Senior Editors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. Senior Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Senior Editors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $69K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Editors that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Editors in Fort Lauderdale earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Austin and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

People Management
up arrow 8%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Acquisitions
up arrow 3%



Video Editing
up arrow 15%

writing
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%