Average Associate Editor Salary

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The average salary for an Associate Editor is $44,336.
MEDIAN $44,336
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$34k - $61k
$253 - $6k
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$575 - $4k
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$33k - $61k

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Job Description for Associate Editor

Associate Editor Tasks
  • Coordinate with editors, writers, and other team members to meet deadlines.
  • Assign and oversee contract and freelance staff.
  • Edit and approve written work prior to publication.
  • Develop and maintain publishing calendar, making adjustments, and sending reminders.
The top respondents for the job title Associate Editor are from the companies Slack Incorporated, Techtarget, Inc. and Time Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Time Inc. where the average pay is $56,308. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Rodale, Inc. and Meredith Corporation, earning around $45,000 and $44,950, respectively. MSP Communications pays the lowest at around $35,000. Slack Incorporated and Pace Communications also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $35,791 and $38,268, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate Editor

Skills that pay less than market rate include Web Content Management, Project Management, Proofreading, Copywriting and Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Editor

An entry-level Associate Editor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $38,927 based on 34 salaries. An early career Associate Editor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,261 based on 494 salaries. A mid-career Associate Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,415 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Associate Editor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,847 based on 69 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $55,000.
Employees with Associate Editor in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 18.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (16.6% more) and New York, New York (10.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (23.0% less), Chicago, Illinois (8.4% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (8.0% less).

Years of Experience

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