Senior Editors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $43K to $103K per year, median earnings come to $65K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Senior Editors can bottom out at $43K or peak near $103K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Senior Editors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,822 - $98,695
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$43K
$65K
$99K
MEDIAN: $65,002
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$18.51 - $72.72
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$73
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,822 - $98,695  
   
Bonus
$800 - $10,365  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$42,627 - $102,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.51 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$3.59 - $48.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$800 - $10,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $10,000  
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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$42,627 - $102,805  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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Sr. Editor Tasks

  • Create content ideas; delegate and oversee writing assignments.
  • Track expenses related to publication.
  • Utilize mastery of the English language to write and proofread articles for accuracy, consistency, and overall quality.

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Senior Editors who go on to become Editorial Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Editorial Directors is $89K annually. A Managing Editor role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Editors. Paychecks for that role are $52K on average. The Executive Editor position is another common transition for Senior Editors; in this role, salaries are typically at the $87K mark.

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Pearson Education reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $77K) but some workers make up to $115K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Sr. Editor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Reporting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 51 percent above average. Technical Writing and Social Media Optimization are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 51 percent. Those listing Search Engine Optimization as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Acquisitions also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Web Content Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Editor

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


Senior Editors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $57K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $62K. For Senior Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Senior Editor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,492

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

With a pay rate for Senior Editors that is 32 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), Washington (+20 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Fort Lauderdale, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Dallas and 12 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Sr. Editor Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Editor Salaries

Reporting
up arrow 51%


Social Media Optimization
up arrow 15%

Web Content Management
0%

National Average
$65,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 3%

Proofreading
up arrow 4%


Video Editing
up arrow 7%

writing
up arrow 8%

Acquisitions
up arrow 8%

People Management
up arrow 15%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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