How much money do magazine editors make in a year?

Updated July 19, 2017

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

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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About the Author

Ishbel Macleod has been writing professionally since 2005. Her articles have been published in Scottish newspapers such as "The Glasgow Herald," and she had a short story published in "Company" magazine after winning a writing contest. She graduated with a first-class honors Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University.