Editorial Assistant Salary

Editorial Assistants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $35K per year. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the specific company are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Editorial Assistants (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Editorial Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,122 - $44,868
$28K
$35K
$45K
MEDIAN: $35,032
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$11.01 - $20.40
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MEDIAN: $15.47
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$0$44K
Salary $28,122 - $44,868
Bonus $242.40 - $2,078
Profit Sharing $1,550
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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$25,399 - $44,592
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 262
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.01 - $20.40
Overtime $10.00 - $30.76
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $242.40 - $2,078
Profit Sharing $1,550
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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$25,399 - $44,592
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 120

Job Description for Editorial Assistant

A publication's editorial staff which is responsible for taking content from writers and presenting them in an interesting, readable format. Working under the supervision of a senior editor, an editorial assistant is a part of the editorial staff that takes on a range of tasks such as proofreading, copywriting, aiding in final design and layout, and maintaining correspondence with writers. In addition, the editorial assistant often executes basic office duties when required, such as answering phones and greeting visitors.

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Editorial Assistant Tasks

  • Provide administrative assistance like filing, correspondence, maintaining calendars, and preparing materials.
  • Perform copy edits to enforce conformance with organizational standards and guidelines.
  • Track, analyze, and report on submissions, authors, and responses to pieces.
  • Assist with monitoring and editing content and communicating with writers.

Common Career Paths for Editorial Assistant


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As Editorial Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Editor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Editors earn $62K on average per year. An Editorial Assistant may also move into a role as an Editor or an Assistant Editor.

Editorial Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Editorial Assistant


Oxford University Press, Sage Publications Ltd, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Simon and Schuster, Inc, and Time Inc. are all popular places to work. Sage Publications Ltd attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $35K.

Offering a median salary of only $30K, Oxford University Press gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $20K to $35K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Editorial Assistant


Survey takers working as Editorial Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Online Research, Graphic Design, Project Management, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Administration and writing. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Oral / Verbal Communication and Office Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Editorial Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Editorial Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Editorial Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 348 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Editorial Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 32 salaries. An experienced Editorial Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 22 salaries. An Editorial Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,460

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Editorial Assistants, 17 percent above the national average. Editorial Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+6 percent), Boston (+6 percent), and San Francisco (+5 percent). Baltimore ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average.

Editorial Assistant Reviews

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

Editorial Assistant in New York:
"Mentally exhausting and very low pay."
Pros: I generally like doing most of the work; it's interesting if a bit on the administrative side.
Cons: The problem is the volume of work, and waking up on weekends from nightmares about forgetting all the tiny, tiny ongoing tasks you are tracking that have multiple variables impacting your role in the larger project.

Editorial Assistant in Edison:
"Learning to swallow your pride."
Pros: Being an Editorial Assistant is rewarding in that it teaches you to be incredibly organized, hone your formal correspondence voice in numerous emails, and gain a clear understanding of the publishing process/order of operations. In my case, I am learning a lot about medical journal publishing (I work for a Doctor who specializes in Sleep Medicine). The pay can be decent if you work in a city.
Cons: You have to be incredibly careful about making mistakes, perhaps more so than in other entry level writing jobs. There is a lot at stake when you send the wrong email and accept a manuscript that was meant to be rejected, or if you become overwhelmed by language editing and can't find that one article that your boss needs. The key is to ask lots of questions and only act alone if the boss has shown that they trust you. Otherwise, always ask questions and triple check everything. You do need to stand up for yourself a lot--just because you're entry level doesn't mean that you don't have a voice. Don't allow yourself to get trampled on by your older, more experienced coworkers.

Editorial Assistant in Las Vegas:
"Great."
Pros: Experience, the end result.
Cons: Deadlines ;)

Editorial Assistant in Thousand Oaks:
"Learn quickly and move up."
Pros: When I get a great author who reminds me why I love my job. Working with authors that are passionate about what they do really make you care about your work and the books you're helping create. I'm helping create great books--that's all I ever wanted to do.
Cons: Managing personalities is a big part of my job and sometimes it's exhausting. It's hard to be at the bottom of the food chain without tons of power when your superiors miss deadlines or don't work well with others.

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Key Stats for Editorial Assistant

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Editorial Assistant Salaries

▲43%

▲20%

▲9%

National Average
$34,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Editorial Assistant Salaries

Online Research
▲8%

Project Management
▲7%

Graphic Design
▲7%

Technical Writing
▲3%

Microsoft Office
▲2%

▲1%

Copywriting
▲1%

Editing
▼0%

Office Administration
▼0%

Social Media Marketing
▼0%

National Average
$34,000


writing
▼4%

Administration
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 24%