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Web Content Editor Salary

Web Content Editors in the United States take home an average $46K annually. Total cash compensation to Web Content Editors bottoms out near $28K and approaches $73K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. For the most part, Web Content Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Web Content Editors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,086 - $70,859
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,524
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$11.40 - $35.12
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$35
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,086 - $70,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,890  
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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$28,358 - $73,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 540
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $35.12  
   
Overtime
$15.14 - $50.99  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,890  
   
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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$28,358 - $73,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234

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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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There are some Web Content Editors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Web Producers, where earnings are an average $53K annually. Typical career progression for a Web Content Editor involves becoming a Managing Editor or a Web Content Manager, roles that pay $8K more and $6K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Web Content Editor


Web Content Editors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Project Management, Social Media Marketing, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cascading Style Sheets, Search Engine Optimization, and Web Marketing. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Copywriting and HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Web Content Editor

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Web Content Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Web Content Editors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $69K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Web Content Editors, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Web Content Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+26 percent), Washington (+24 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Web Content Editors in St. Louis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Web Content Editor Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Web Content Editor Salaries

Technical Writing
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Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Editing
up arrow 3%

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

HTML
up arrow 1%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%



Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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