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Sr. Editor Salary (United States)

Senior Editors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $61K annually on average but can range from $40K to $95K per year. Cash earnings of Senior Editors can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $40K to almost $95K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Female Senior Editors make up most of the field at 71 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Editors. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,098 - $89,280
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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 (?
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  
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  
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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  
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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Senior Editors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Editorial Director. Editorial Directors bring home $88K per year on average. Many Senior Editors advance into roles as Managing Editors or Video Editors, but the median salaries are $11K lower and $21K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor

Senior Editors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in People Management, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Technical Writing, and Editing 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. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $58K. For Senior Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $70K. The majority of Senior Editors have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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Senior Editors will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Philadelphia, where Senior Editors typically earn around 13 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 2 percent more than usual. Senior Editors in Fort Lauderdale earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (20 percent lower) and Los Angeles (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

People Management
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Technical Writing
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Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Editing
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$62,000
Project Management
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Web Content Management
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Video Editing
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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%