Editor in Chief Salary

Editor in Chiefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $77K annually on average but can range from $43K to $143K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Editor in Chiefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Female Editor in Chiefs survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$43,564 - $135,997
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$76K
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MEDIAN: $75,989
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$10.07 - $29.80
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$0$138K
Salary $43,564 - $135,997
Bonus $996 - $15,893
Profit Sharing $8,000
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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$40,336 - $138,425
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 169
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $10.07 - $29.80
Overtime $62.00
Annual Data $0$138K
Bonus $996 - $15,893
Profit Sharing $8,000
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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$40,336 - $138,425
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Editor in Chief

Though the publishing industry has expanded beyond printed publications, one thing that has not changed is that the final say on published words and images typically belongs to the editor in chief. The editor in chief typically supervises the editorial staff, who organize and refine the work produced by writers, graphic designers, web designers, and other content creators. The editors assemble all of the content into a proposed final format, and the editor in chief examines their submission to ensure that the content is accurate, original, visually stimulating, readable, and engaging. The editor in chief may also contribute content, and they regularly consult with editors throughout the editorial process. They are also responsible for addressing complaints raised by readers and issuing corrections. Editors in chief typically work full time in an office setting. Work hours may be inconsistent and long, especially when deadlines are near.

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Editor in Chief Tasks

  • Set and decide editorial policy and article placement.
  • Represent the publication.
  • Edit content.
  • Manage staff and department budget.

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Popular Skills for Editor in Chief


Survey results suggest that Editor in Chiefs put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Web Content Management, Editing, People Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing writing and Technical Writing as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Editing are, more often than not, also skilled in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Editor in Chief

Pay by Experience for an Editor in Chief has a positive trend. An entry-level Editor in Chief with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 36 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Editor in Chief with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Editor in Chief which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 80 salaries. An Editor in Chief with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,608

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

Editor in Chiefs will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Editor in Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+23 percent) and San Francisco (+19 percent). In Boston, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Dallas and Philadelphia (7 percent lower).

Editor in Chief Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Editor in Chief?

Editor in Chief in Lafayette:
"Very satisfying."
Pros: Being able to be creative, free to think outside the box, flexible and fun.
Cons: I'm not sure I'm getting paid what I deserve.

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Key Stats for Editor in Chief

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Editor in Chief Salaries

▲26%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$75,000

▼30%

Skills That Affect Editor in Chief Salaries

Web Content Management
▲6%

▲4%



National Average
$75,000


writing
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 30%
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