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Become An Associate Editor

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Working As An Associate Editor

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $49,968

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Editor Do

The primary role of an Associate Editor is to ensure that subordinates submit high-quality content. They review and edit copies, set deadlines, and supervise the production details of magazines, newspapers, books, or websites.

How To Become An Associate Editor

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.


Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.


Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

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Associate Editor Career Paths

Associate Editor
Contributing Writer Managing Editor Marketing Manager
Brand Director
11 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Project Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Writer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Consultant Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Editor Production Manager Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Communications Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Managing Editor Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Communications Manager Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Contributing Writer Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Program Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
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Associate Editor Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Cantonese

  • Hebrew

  • Greek

  • Polish

  • Turkish

  • Nepali

  • Urdu

  • Vietnamese

  • Dutch

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Real Associate Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Spanish Associate Editor Inter-American Division Publishing Association Doral, FL Apr 20, 2016 $92,810
Associate Scientific Editor, Immunity Elsevier, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 05, 2015 $82,651 -
Senior Associate Editor American Chemical Society Temple City, CA Sep 15, 2015 $81,025
Associate Agent, Editor The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $78,263
Associate Agent, Editor The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2014 $78,263
Senior Associate Editor Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. DBA CONDÉ Nast New York, NY Mar 13, 2015 $78,000
Associate Editor American Physical Society Ridge, NY Jan 10, 2014 $77,792 -
Associate Editor HKM Productions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 03, 2013 $75,000
Associate Scientific Editor Elsevier, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 15, 2016 $75,000 -
Senior Associate Editor CBS Interactive, Inc. New York, NY Aug 23, 2015 $74,277
Associate Scientific Editor Elsevier, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 30, 2014 $74,000 -
Senior Associate Editor American Chemical Society Salt Lake City, UT Sep 15, 2012 $73,910
Associate Scientific Editor, Immunology Elsevier, Inc. Cambridge, MA Feb 12, 2014 $73,800 -
Associate Editor American Association for The Advancement of Scienc Washington, DC Nov 01, 2014 $67,163 -
Associate Editor American Association for The Advancement of Scienc Washington, DC Nov 01, 2011 $65,500
Associate Editor, Photos & Graphics Revere Digital LLC San Martin, CA Sep 26, 2015 $65,000
Associate Editor, Photos & Graphics Revere Digital LLC San Martin, CA Sep 23, 2015 $65,000
Associate Editor, The Verge VOX Media, Inc. New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $63,419 -
Associate Editor Baishideng Publishing Group Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 16, 2014 $63,274
Associate Editor John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ Oct 15, 2011 $63,000
Associate Editor Rochester Business Journal, Inc. Rochester, NY Dec 31, 2012 $47,050 -
Associate Editor The New Press Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $45,967
Associate Editor AOL Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2015 $45,800 -
Associate Editor Penguin Random House LLC New York, NY Aug 18, 2016 $45,780
Associate Editor Studio One Networks, Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2011 $45,175
Associate Editor Nowthis Media, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2014 $45,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Editor


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Top Associate Editor Skills

  1. Web Content
  2. Online Content
  3. Edit Content
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Photographed subjects for web content.
  • Increased online content of work designing interactive websites resulting in increased online traffic of 45%.
  • Collaborated with college professors to write and edit content for math textbooks, including digital products.
  • Managed the editorial department's computer system (Mac and PC).
  • Edited and met all deadlines for a 32-page weekly newspaper.

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