The Average Salary For An Assistant Editor

Editors work with a variety of mediums, including newspapers.

The jobs for assistant editors are generally entry-level positions. Typically working under editors, assistant editors are often in charge of working on specific subjects, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries for assistant editors vary on several individual and company variables, including a person’s level of experience and the industry in which he works.

Experience

Assistant editors with less than a year of experience have a reported salary range of $29,000 to $38,400 while those one to four years of experience earn slightly more with a range of $29,200 to $39,000, according to PayScale.com. Those with five to nine years of experience have salaries that generally fall between $34,600 and $48,800. As of May 2010, veteran assistant editors with 20-plus years of experience have some of the highest salaries with a reported range of $42,500 to $70,800.

Education

An assistant editor’s educational background also influences her salary potential. According to PayScale, those with a Bachelor of Arts (BA/AB) in journalism have a salary range of $27,500 to $40,100, while those with an AB/BA in English have a reported salary range of $30,300 to $38,200. As of May 2010, assistant editors with a BA/AB in communication studies and journalism have salaries that generally fall between $33,400 and $37,000. Those with a bachelor of science (BS) in the same field have a salary range of $27,000 to $37,400.

Employer Type

Assistant editors work for a variety of employers. According to PayScale, those working for general companies have salaries that generally fall between $29,700 and $40,800 while those working for private practices of firms have a salary range of $31,400 to $44,300. Those working for college or universities have some of the highest salaries with a salary range of $28,800 to $49,900 as of May 2010. Self-employed assistant editors report some high salaries as well with a range of $33,000 to $48,500.

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Industry

There are numerous types of industries in which assistant editors work. As of May 2010, those in the newspaper industry have some of the most varied salaries, with incomes generally falling anywhere between $29,300 and $64,500. Those working in audio/video/entertainment production have a salary range of $30,000 to $54,000 while those working in the magazine industry have a salary range of $26,600 to $37,800 according to PayScale. Assistant editors in textbook publishing have a salary range of $31,900 to $39,100.

Location

Salaries for assistant editors vary based on where they work. According to PayScale, some of the highest paid assistant editors are those working in California. As of May 2010, they report a salary range of $32,000 to $50,700. Those working in Illinois have a salary range of $27,200 to $39,700 while those working in Massachusetts have a salary range of $29,900 to $42,500. New York assistant editors generally earn between $32,400 and $41,100.