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Editors' Salaries Falling

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 12:23 PM

In the news: How are magazine editors faring this year salary-wise?

This month, Foliomag.com published the results of its annual editorial salary survey. Citing various industry challenges including print decline and shrinking workforces, the magazine staff conclude that, by and large, editorial salaries are on the decline. What's more, the gender pay gap continues to be a problem for female editors.

However, the news isn't all bleak. According to Folio:, seasoned editors tend to earn salaries reflective of their years of experience: "Editorial employees with 20 or more years experience earned a median total compensation of $89,000, 68 percent more than those with less than 10 years under their belts." Work ethic also pays off; editors who worked over 50 hours a week tend to make 48 percent more than those who worked under 40.

Read the full summary of survey results here.

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