Sr. Editor Salary

Median pay for Senior Editors in the United States is around $67K annually, but employers in Boston offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $89K. Senior Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), Washington (+16 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,022 - $100,041
$44K
$67K
$100K
MEDIAN: $66,962
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50%
90%

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$18.12 - $66.38
$18
$26
$66
MEDIAN: $25.75
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50%
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$0$102K
Salary $44,022 - $100,041
Bonus $811 - $10,318
Profit Sharing $405.47 - $5,132
Total Pay (?
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$43,725 - $102,636
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 481
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $18.12 - $66.38
Overtime $22.19 - $48.10
Annual Data $0$102K
Bonus $811 - $10,318
Profit Sharing $405.47 - $5,132
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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$43,725 - $102,636
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46

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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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Senior Editors who go on to become Editorial Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Editorial Directors is $89K annually. 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 seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Social Media Optimization, Reporting, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 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. Most people who know Editing also know 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: $67,374

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Key Stats for Sr. Editor

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
20%
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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 77 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 13%
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