Sr. Editor Salary

The median salary for Senior Editors in the United States is $67K annually, and compared to other cities, Boston offers the biggest paychecks at around $89K on average. Senior Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Washington (+16 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$44,576 - $99,163
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$67K
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MEDIAN: $67,015
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$17.88 - $55.37
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MEDIAN: $25.51
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$0$100K
Salary $44,576 - $99,163
Bonus $824 - $10,304
Profit Sharing $4,861
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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$44,153 - $100,470
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 490
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $17.88 - $55.37
Overtime $19.87 - $47.77
Annual Data $0$100K
Bonus $824 - $10,304
Profit Sharing $4,861
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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$44,153 - $100,470
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 42

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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.

Sr. Editor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Editor


Pearson Education offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $77K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $115K.

Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Senior Editors report using a large range of skills 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 7 percent and 11 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 proficient in Editing are, more often than not, also skilled in Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Editor

Pay by Experience for a Sr. Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Sr. Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 109 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sr. Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 192 salaries. An experienced Sr. Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 210 salaries. A Sr. Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 102 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,379

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 81 votes.
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries

▲15%

▲2%

National Average
$67,000

▼5%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries


Social Media Optimization
▲11%

Reporting
▲8%

▼0%

National Average
$67,000

Copywriting
▼1%

Web Content Management
▼1%


▼2%


▼7%


Acquisitions
▼11%

Video Editing
▼15%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 13%
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