Web Content Editor Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, more than half of Web Content Editors have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $42,115 per year. Pay ranges from $26,398 on the low end to $71,571 per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $29,050 on the lower end to $69,858 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4,926 from bonuses and upwards of $9,274 from profit sharing. Career duration and geography 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 25 percent lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The majority of Web Content Editors (65 percent) are female. Most Web Content Editors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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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While Web Content Editors do not often become Web Producers, the ones that do transition make an extra $10,943 per year. Web Content Editors moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Managing Editors or Web Content Managers, where paychecks increase by $8,467 or $6,959 per year.

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Popular Skills for Web Content Editor

Web Content Editors report using a deep pool 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and Web Marketing. Those who learned Web Content Management also tend to know HTML and Copywriting. Those proficient in Editing are, more often than not, also skilled 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.
For Web Content Editors, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $37K, increasing to $48K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $59K. After two decades on the job, Web Content Editors see salary growth dwindle, averaging $69K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, most land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$42,000
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For those looking to make money, Web Content Editors in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Washington, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and New York, where Web Content Editors typically earn around 25 percent, 22 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent more than usual.

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Experience Affects Web Content Editor Salaries

Late-Career
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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%
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