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Web Content Editor Salary (United States)

Just over a half of Web Content Editors report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $44K per year on average. Cash earnings for Web Content Editors — including $5K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $26K to $72K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair portion and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Web Content Editors are largely women, dominating the profession at 65 percent. For the most part, Web Content Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Web Content Editor Salary (?
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$29,050 - $69,858
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MEDIAN: $44,376
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Web Content Editor Salary (?
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$11.07 - $34.58
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,050 - $69,858  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,926  
Profit Sharing
$247.75 - $9,274  
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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$26,398 - $71,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 591
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $34.58  
   
Overtime
$14.80 - $50.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,926  
   
Profit Sharing
$247.75 - $9,274  
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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$26,398 - $71,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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Job Description for Web Content Editor

Web content editors use their web publishing and writing skills to further their company's reputation and goals. They must be able to navigate and use the web publishing tools used by the company, which can range from a blog to a Wikipedia page to a full website. Additionally, they must be able to create original content that meets company standards for quality, consistency, and formatting. The web content editor is often expected to maintain and present data to supervisors and staff related to the number of users, page views, and other metrics. Administration and maintenance of the company's social media presence may also be required of the web content editor, and familiarity with different social media platforms may be expected for this position. This position takes place mainly in an office during regular business editors. Generally, the web content editor works with other writers in their company, as well as (potentially) freelance writers.
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Web Content Editor Tasks
  • Promote content standards and consistency across the website.
  • Work with marketing to ensure content supports corporate goals.
  • Edit and manage the communication content of websites, including marketing.

Common Career Paths for Web Content Editor

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Web Content Editors do not often transition into Web Producer roles. The role tends to pay $53K per year. Web Content Editors typically move into roles as Managing Editors or Web Content Managers, and those positions pay $8K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Web Content Editor

Web Content Editors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Writing, Social Media Marketing, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Search Engine Optimization , Cascading Style Sheets , and Web Marketing. Those who learned Web Content Management also tend to know HTML and Copywriting. The majority of those who know Editing also know Copywriting and HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Content Editor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Web Content Editors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Web Content Editors make a median salary of $59K. 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 $69K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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National Average
$42,000
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Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Web Content Editors, 35 percent above the national average. Washington, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and New York are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Web Content Editors earning around 25 percent, 22 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent more than average.

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Experience Affects Web Content Editor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%
National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Web Content Editor Salaries

Technical Writing
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Editing
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HTML
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Marketing Communications
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Web Content Management
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$42,000
Proofreading
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Copywriting
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Web Marketing
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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 25%