The average entry-level salary for publishing employees at the Big Five trade publishers and Scholastic in New York City is now $47,583, up from a pre-pandemic level of $38,583, according to a recent Publishers Weekly survey.

“The 23.3% jump came during a period when consumer prices rose 12.4%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” notes PW senior writer Andrew Albanese.

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“Publishing industry salaries have been an important issue in the wake of the pandemic, and most of the major houses appear headed in a better direction,” he tells me.

According to publishers polled in this survey, median compensation for staff with less than five years’ experience was $46,000 for editorial, $48,000 for sales and marketing, and $61,500 for operations and production.


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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