Sr. Editor Salary

Senior Editors earn around $66K per year on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in Boston, offering approximately $89K at the median. Senior Editors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+31 percent), Washington (+18 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$42,743 - $99,356
$43K
$66K
$99K
MEDIAN: $66,206
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90%

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$18.38 - $64.56
$18
$30
$65
MEDIAN: $29.66
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,743 - $99,356  
   
Bonus
$710 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$200.67 - $5,098  
Total Pay (?
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$42,616 - $102,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 447
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.38 - $64.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$710 - $11,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.67 - $5,098  
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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$42,616 - $102,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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

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

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 $89K annually. A Managing Editor role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Editors. Paychecks for that role are $52K on average. The Executive Editor position is another common transition for Senior Editors; in this role, salaries are typically at the $86K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Editor


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Pearson Education, where the median salary is just $77K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $115K.

Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Social Media Optimization, Reporting, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Search Engine Optimization as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Video Editing and Acquisitions also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Editing also tend to know 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $58K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $64K. Senior Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Senior Editors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $78K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,624

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

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Key Stats for Sr. Editor

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries

▲16%

▲4%

National Average
$67,000

▼3%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries


Social Media Optimization
▲13%

Reporting
▲9%

▲1%

Copywriting
▼0%

Web Content Management
▼0%

National Average
$67,000


▼1%


▼6%


Acquisitions
▼10%

Video Editing
▼14%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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