Sr. Editor Salary

Senior Editors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and 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 $101K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Editors bottoms out near $41K and approaches $101K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $13K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the specific company are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Senior Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Editors making up 70 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,213 - $95,791
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$41K
$62K
$96K
MEDIAN: $62,130
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$17.88 - $59.18
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$59
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,213 - $95,791  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,184  
Profit Sharing
$280.00 - $12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$41,489 - $101,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 836
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.88 - $59.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$280.00 - $12,500  
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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$41,489 - $101,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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Senior Editors may progress into high-paying roles like Editorial Director, where median compensation is $87K annually. Going from Senior Editor to Managing Editor is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Managing Editors is $51K. Many others choose to work as Executive Editors, where pay is typically $86K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sr. Editor


With a median salary of $72K, Time Inc. provides Senior Editors with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $109K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Senior Editors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Social Media Optimization, Technical Writing, People Management, and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Video Editing, writing, and Proofreading. It is often found that people who know Editing are also skilled in Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Editor

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Editors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $51K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. Senior Editors bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $73K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,814

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Senior Editors that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Editors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Compared to the national average, Fort Lauderdale Senior Editors have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (18 percent lower) and Dallas (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 19%


People Management
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Editing
0%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

National Average
$63,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 3%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 4%

Acquisitions
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writing
up arrow 12%

Video Editing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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