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What to Expect When You're Gunning for That Editorial Position

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Editrix numero uno Anna Wintour via Getty

Folio has put out their annual analyses of editorial wages at online and print media outlets. The unsurprising news is that salaries for managing editors to editors-in-chief to executive editors haven't changed much from last year, but they did enjoy slight increases on the whole. If you were on the lookout for something to get up in arms about, though, the $15,000 average pay discrepancy between female editors and male editors is a worthy cause.

The major change, however, centers around workload. Editors—especially those in print—are expected to wear a few more hats on account of shrinking staff and that whole rise of digital media thing. They welcomed to their day-to-day schedule more business planning, conference programming, and a big jump in responsibilities regarding digital channels (hey, social media).

And editors aren't taking the more-work-for-marginally-increased-compensation part of their livelihoods so well. Gripes were accounted for in the "verbatim" section of the survey and the most popular sentiment reads like this: "Absolutely not enough time to accomplish all my acquired tasks or the resources to help." Yikes. The good news? Graduate school isn't vital for success in the industry! Editors who took the plunge only make $8,000 more on average. For exact figures on how much the upper echelons of the masthead are making across the country, head here.
· The 2012 Editorial Salary Survey [Folio, via Refinery29]
· Guess the Struggling Company That Pays Four of its Executives Way Over $20 Million [Racked]