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Sr. Editor Salary

With three-fifths of Senior Editors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $98K per year and averages out to $61K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Editors approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $98K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Senior Editors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Senior Editors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,927 - $91,693
(Median)
$41K
$61K
$92K
MEDIAN: $61,317
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$15.42 - $54.62
(Median)
$15
$30
$55
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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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
$40,927 - $91,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,061  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $14,973  
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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$40,866 - $97,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 810
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
$15.42 - $54.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $84.26  
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 - $10,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $14,973  
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).
)
$40,866 - $97,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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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At the upper end, Senior Editors who move into an Editorial Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Editorial Directors is a much higher $87K per year. Many Senior Editors go on to become Managing Editors or Video Editors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $11K lower and $21K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Senior Editors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Editing, 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. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of 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 less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. Senior Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Editors, 15 percent higher than the national average. Senior Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Senior Editors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Editors in Fort Lauderdale bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (21 percent lower) and Los Angeles (14 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

People Management
up arrow 8%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$62,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Acquisitions
up arrow 3%



Video Editing
up arrow 15%

writing
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 202 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
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%