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Salary by Category: Managing Editor/Senior Editor



By Joanna Pettas
07/30/2008

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MANAGING EDITOR/SENIOR EDITOR
Thirty percent of managing and senior editors say they haven’t been compensated well at all for extra work they’re doing, but many are excited by the prospects of e-media.

While 72 percent of managing and senior editors say they have taken on more work beyond their job descriptions, only 15 percent feel well compensated for it, as opposed to 29 percent of editorial directors and 23 percent of executive editors. Thirty percent say they haven’t been compensated well at all, versus 24 and 26 percent of their superiors.

Aside from compensation, managing and senior editors are enjoying the flexibility, creativity and community of their jobs, as well as “learning about Web development.” Some, though, are frustrated with upper management’s approach. One respondent cited “no support for online/new media even as that segment grows” as a biggest challenge of the job. Another wrote “getting my boss to go beyond traditional print media” while yet another griped about “being accused of being print-centric when there is no one on staff to provide programming for the Web-related ideas we have.” Some expressed a need for more training in areas like SEO/SEM and video.

Like their superiors, managing and senior editors are “juggling more duties as staff decreases.” One cited trouble “staying motivated after many rounds of layoffs, two salary freezes and annual increases that don’t cover cost-of-living increases.” However, unlike 8 percent of editorial directors and 3 percent of executive editors, only 1 percent of managing and senior editors say they expect a decrease in compensation. Though many say they’re taking on more in-house writing these days, many also cite this as a most rewarding aspect. Many enjoy the intellectual stimulation of the job. One cited “putting together a magazine dedicated to topics I’m passionate about, getting paid to play.”

 

SALARY BY CATEGORY:

Gender
Male: $58,400
Female: $51,400

Age
Under 40: $48,500
40 or older: $63,800

Education
Graduated college: $50,800
Postgrad degree: $58,600

In New York City Area
Yes: $58,900
No: $53,100

Geographic Distribution
Northeast: $53,300
Midwest: $49,000
South: $54,600
West: $58,800

Years in Publishing Industry
10 years or fewer: $45,100
10-19 years: $57,800
20 years or more: $65,600

Years in Editorial-Related Function
5 years or fewer: $42,500
5-9 years: $46,300
10 years or more: $60,600

Years at Present Company
5 years or fewer: $48,400
5-9 years: $53,900
10 years or more: $68,000

Years in Current Position
2 years or fewer: $50,600
3-9 years: $56,300
10 years or more: $63,200

Number of Publications Worked On
1 magazine: $54,200
2 magazines or more: $53,600

Number of Employees Supervised
None: $50,300
1-4 employees: $55,800
5 employees or more: $59,800

Company Revenue
Less than $3 million: $48,700
$3 to $9.9 million: $53,700
$10 million or more: $56,800

Revenue of Respondent’s Publications
Less than $3 million: $52,200
$3 million or more: $57,600

Paid/Controlled Publications
Paid only: $59,100
Controlled only: $52,900
Mix of both: $52,700

 

Source: FOLIO: and Readex Research

By Joanna Pettas
07/30/2008







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