Sr. Editor Salary (United States)

Sr. Editors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $61,877 per year on average but can range from $40,047 to $95,065 per year. Location 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. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Sr. Editors making up 71 percent of workers. Most Sr. Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Sr. Editor Salary (?
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$40,098 - $89,280
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MEDIAN: $60,741
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Sr. Editor Salary (?
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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 (?
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$40,047 - $95,065  
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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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Sr. Editors may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Editorial Director may bring in a lot more money — an additional $26K annually. Sr. Editors most often move into positions as Managing Editors or Video Editors, where they typically take pay cuts of $11,295 or $21K per year.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor

Sr. Editors report using a large range of skills on the job. Those who have experience with People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 8 percent more than the national average, 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 who know 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.
Sr. Editors do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. New salaries start at $49K and reach $58K in five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $68K. After 20 years in the field, Sr. Editors see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $70K. The majority of Sr. 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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Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Sr. Editors in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Sr. Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+2 percent). Sr. Editors in Fort Lauderdale report much lower salaries than the rest of the country—24 percent below the national average—proving that residency is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (-20 percent) and Los Angeles (-12 percent).

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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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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 235 votes.

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%
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