Sr. Editor Salary

Senior 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 $62K per year on average but can range from $41K to $98K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Editors range from $41K on the low end to $98K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $15K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Female Senior Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Work is enjoyable for Senior Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,797 - $92,893
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$93K
MEDIAN: $61,826
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$16.00 - $54.24
(Median)
$16
$30
$54
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,797 - $92,893  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
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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$40,820 - $98,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 814
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Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $54.24  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $87.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
   
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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$40,820 - $98,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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Senior Editors who transition into an Editorial Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $87K per year. Senior Editors most often move into Managing Editor or Video Editor roles. However, the former pays $12K less on average, and the latter pays $21K less.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Senior Editors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Social Media Optimization, People Management, Writing Procedures & Documentation, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Editors make a median salary of $69K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Editors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Editors is geography, with workers in Fort Lauderdale earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Los Angeles and 11 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$63,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

Social Media Optimization
up arrow 20%

People Management
up arrow 7%

Editing
0%

Technical Writing
0%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
0%

National Average
$63,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Acquisitions
up arrow 4%



Video Editing
up arrow 16%

writing
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

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