Average Sr. Editor Salary

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The average salary for a Sr. Editor is $67,962.
MEDIAN $67,962
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$46k - $101k
$705 - $10k
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$582 - $5k
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$46k - $104k

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Job Description for Sr. Editor

Sr. Editor Tasks
  • Utilize mastery of the English language to write and proofread articles for accuracy, consistency, and overall quality.
  • Track expenses related to publication.
  • Create content ideas; delegate and oversee writing assignments.
The top respondents for the job title Sr. Editor are from the companies K12, Inc., Business Insider and Hearst Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at K12, Inc. where the average pay is $77,666. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Columbia University and Hearst Corporation, earning around $74,043 and $70,000, respectively. Emory University pays the lowest at around $48,980. Business Insider and Atlantic Media Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $60,000 and $66,630, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Editor

Skills in Project Management and Web Content Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Copywriting, Proofreading and Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Editor

An early career Sr. Editor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $59,401 based on 159 salaries. A mid-career Sr. Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,596 based on 332 salaries. An experienced Sr. Editor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,476 based on 348 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $77,651.
Employees with Sr. Editor in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 24.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (16.2% more) and Seattle, Washington (11.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (6.6% less).

Years of Experience

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