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Sr. Editor Salary

Senior Editors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below three-fifths of Senior Editors. Pay fluctuates from $41K to $98K per year, but expected earnings average $62K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Editors — including $10K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $98K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Senior Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Senior Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$40,931 - $92,246
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$92K
MEDIAN: $61,575
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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
$40,931 - $92,246  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $14,795  
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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$40,914 - $97,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 813
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 - $10,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $14,795  
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).
)
$40,914 - $97,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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For Senior Editors, progressing to an Editorial Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Editorial Director can earn $87K annually. Senior Editors most often move into positions as Managing Editors or Video Editors. Managing Editors actually earn $12K less on average, however, and Video Editors earn $21K less per year than Senior Editors do.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Most people experienced in Editing also know Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Editors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $59K. Senior Editors see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Editors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $70K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Editors that is 15 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+13 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Senior Editors in Fort Lauderdale take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 15 percent lower, 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 1%

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 194 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
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%
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