How much money do magazine editors make in a year?

Written by ishbel macleod | 13/05/2017
How much money do magazine editors make in a year?
The genre of a magazine affects the pay of the editor. (different magazines studio isolated on white image by dinostock from

The job of magazine editor is viewed by the majority of the public as glamorous and well-paying; famous "Vogue" editor Anna Wintour cements this image by her well put together look. However, editors are hard-working and wages can depend on the type of magazine where the editor is employed. Huge, glossy magazines pay more than a quarterly farmer's magazine.

Average Salary

According to the salary website Payscale, the average yearly salary of a magazine editor as of September 2010 is £23,676 to £38,883, based on 337 respondents. University website State University reports that 2004 surveys suggest the medium pay for magazine editors was £28,353.

Pay Range

How much money do magazine editors make in a year?
Editors on certain titles can earn up to £1.3 million. (dollars background image by Alexey Klementiev from

In his book "The Magazine," Leonard Mogel suggests that the annual pay range for an editor is £27,300 to £60,450. For an editor-in-chief, this rises to £41,600 to £66,300. A 2006 survey by "Folio" magazine states the lowest-paid editor-in-chief salary is £16,250 and the highest £178,750 on a consumer magazine, although the next section shows this does not apply to the largest magazines.

Famous Editors

Figures from "New York" magazine in 2005 show the wages of some well-known magazine editors. According to these figures, "The New York Times Book Review" editor, Sam Tanenhaus, made a reported £117,000; "New York Post" editor Col Allan made £390,000 and "Vogue" editor Anna Wintour earned an estimated £1.3 million.

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