With close to three-fifths of Senior Editors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Editors is $66K per year and can range from $43K on the lower end to $103K per year near the higher end. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Senior Editors generally range from $43K to $103K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Senior Editors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 67 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $65,905
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$18.66 - $63.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,976 - $100,005  
   
Bonus
$824 - $10,252  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $10,137  
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$42,818 - $103,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 487
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Hourly Rate
$18.66 - $63.02  
   
Overtime
$1.85 - $44.64  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$824 - $10,252  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $10,137  
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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$42,818 - $103,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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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As Senior Editors transition into upper-level roles such as Editorial Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Editorial Directors earn $89K on average per year. The most common career progression for Senior Editors leads to becoming a Managing Editor, where pay is typically $52K. However, many Senior Editors also opt to become Executive Editors, a position that pays $86K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Editor


The pay scale is far from balanced at Pearson Education. While salaries on one end can reach $115K, the company's median pay sits at $77K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Survey results imply that Senior Editors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Reporting, Technical Writing, and Social Media Optimization are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent, 15 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Search Engine Optimization as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Video Editing and People Management 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Editors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $57K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. As Senior Editors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,162

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Editors, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Senior Editors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+32 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Senior Editors in Fort Lauderdale earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Dallas and 12 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Sr. Editor

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
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1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$66,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

Reporting
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Social Media Optimization
up arrow 13%

Web Content Management
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Copywriting
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National Average
$66,000

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writing
up arrow 9%

Acquisitions
up arrow 9%


Video Editing
up arrow 13%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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