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.
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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.
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.
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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- State University: "Magazine Editor Job Description Career as a Magazine Editor, Salary, Employment"
- "The Magazine: Everything You Need to Know to Make It in the Magazine Business":Leonard Mogel:1998
- "Career Opportunities in the Publishing Industry": Yager et al:2009
- "New York": "Who Makes How Much-New York's Salary Guide 2005"