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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 $62K per year, but may range from $41K to $98K per year. In the world of Senior Editors, total cash compensation can vary between $41K and $98K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $15K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Senior Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,968 - $92,018
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$92K
MEDIAN: $61,512
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$15.45 - $54.81
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$55
MEDIAN: $30
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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
$40,968 - $92,018  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,131  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $14,973  
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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$40,902 - $97,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 810
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$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$15.45 - $54.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $86.09  
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $14,973  
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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$40,902 - $97,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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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As Senior Editors transition into upper-level roles such as Editorial Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Editorial Directors earn $87K on average per year. Many Senior Editors go on to become Managing Editors or Video Editors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $12K 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, facility with Social Media Optimization and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 4 percent, respectively. 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. Senior Editors bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Editors, 15 percent above the national average. Senior Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Editors in Fort Lauderdale earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 20%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$62,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 3%

Acquisitions
up arrow 4%



Video Editing
up arrow 15%

writing
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

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: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%
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