What does an Editorial Assistant do?

Editorial assistants report to an editor and help plan, manage, and implement publication schedules. They work at magazine and book publication businesses, and their responsibilities combine editorial and administrative tasks including scheduling meetings, reviewing manuscripts for error, and planning publication deadlines. Editorial assistants work alongside editors to plan, implement, and manage the publication schedules. They meet with writers and agents to discuss the editorial and publication process and proofread manuscripts to identify grammatical or spelling errors.

Editorial assistants research facts and new features and maintain accuracy while collaborating with various departments to ensure smooth publication schedules. They perform administrative duties, including answering telephones, replying to correspondence, and setting up meetings. They review layouts and designs for publication covers, plan and manage monthly publication schedules, and perform fact-checking duties. Editorial assistants need a bachelor's degree in English, communications, or related fields.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
42%
2 - 4
24%
5 - 7
6%
8+
28%

Common Skill Sets

Product Knowledge
Strong WORK Ethic
Excellent Communication
Enthusiasm
Urgency
Microsoft Word
Time Management
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Editorial Assistant Seniority Levels

Editor
83% made the transition
Copywriter
28% made the transition
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Editorial Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$38,395 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$31K
Median: $38K
$48K
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