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Edit Salaries Slump in 2009

Many editors anticipate a decrease of +10%, with online not making it up.


Matt Kinsman By Matt Kinsman
08/27/2009 -09:35 AM






Magazine editors, for the most part, saw salaries rise in 2008. But with many publishers turning to salary freezes or salary cuts (often as steep as 25 percent) editors are expecting a significant decline of possibly 10 percent or more, according to the 2009 FOLIO: Editorial Salary Survey, conducted by Readex Research.

And while most editors have seen their workload take a significant jump, thanks to more digital assignments, that's not yet reflected in salaries. "Closing down print products could be smart from a cost standpoint but getting big dollars from online is a challenge, which could result in cuts in pay and staff," said one respondent.

Look for more on the Edit survey in FOLIO:'s September issue. In the meantime, here's a quick look at some of the more telling stats:

Mean Salary for Editorial Director

 20082007
B-to-B
$98,200$90,600
Consumer
$90,800$83,300
Association
$81,300$80,600


20% expect a salary increase in 2009
47% expect salaries to stay the same
31% expect salaries to decrease

Mean Salary for Editor/Executive Editor

 20082007
B-to-B
$70,600$67,800
Consumer
$58,600$67,100
Association
$74,900$63,700


17% expect an increase in 2009
53% expect to stay the same
28% expect a decrease





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