Assistant Editor Salary

Assistant Editors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Assistant Editors making up 71 percent. For the most part, Assistant Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,990 - $55,821
$29K
$38K
$56K
MEDIAN: $38,128
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$11.48 - $26.00
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MEDIAN: $17.58
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$0$56K
Salary $28,990 - $55,821
Bonus $291 - $5,045
Profit Sharing $1,500
Commission $1,000
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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$27,598 - $56,582
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 819
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $11.48 - $26.00
Hourly Tips $0.68
Overtime $17.65 - $41.63
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $291 - $5,045
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$27,598 - $56,582
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 272

Job Description for Assistant Editor

Assistant editors - sometimes called editorial assistants - work in many media-related fields such as in book publishing, magazines, newspapers, radio programs, or websites. They work under the supervision of an editor in chief or senior editors, and they may maintain frequent contact with reporters, guest writers, and authors.

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Assistant Editor Tasks

  • Edit, proofread and fact check copy.
  • Work with the editorial team on projects and content creation.
  • Develop and write online content.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Editor


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Assistant Editors may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Editor, where median compensation is $62K annually. Typical career progression for an Assistant Editor involves becoming an Editor or a Video Editor, roles that pay $7K more and $3K more on average.

Assistant Editor Job Listings

Popular Skills for Assistant Editor


Assistant Editors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Avid Media Composer, Media Management, Adobe After Effects, and Video Editing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Optimization, Adobe InDesign, and Copywriting. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed in Adobe Photoshop and Video Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Editor

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 477 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 101 salaries. An experienced Assistant Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 38 salaries. An Assistant Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,273

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

For Assistant Editors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Assistant Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Assistant Editors in Topeka earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Minneapolis (14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Assistant Editor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Editor?

Assistant Editor in Minneapolis:
"My Job."
Pros: Creative work, flexibility.
Cons: Bad communication, process.

Assistant Editor in Rochester:
"Shoot and edit video and audio productions."
Pros: Working with video editing software, tight-knit community, friendly co-workers, using critical thinking and creativity daily.
Cons: The poor pay rate. That is the only thing I dislike.

Assistant Editor in Lanham:
"Demanding But Rewarding."
Pros: There's something new to learn everyday. It challenges you to be involved and proactive about making the jump to acquire your own titles. The camaraderie among you fellow editorial folk is priceless, so while the occasional telecommuting option is nice you lose out on some of the workplace banter.
Cons: There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done; and in academic publishing, you can't fall behind because of course adoption cycles. Often times it leads to bringing work home, which is a huge problem.

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Key Stats for Assistant Editor

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Assistant Editor Salaries

▲30%

▲17%

▲4%

National Average
$38,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Assistant Editor Salaries

Avid Media Composer
▲20%





National Average
$38,000

Adobe Photoshop
▼1%



Blogging
▼3%

▼4%

▼7%

▼8%



Social Media Optimization
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 20%