While money isn't always a factor in making career decisions, it does play a huge part. How much room is there for growth? How long can you sustain a career? A few years? A lifetime? Blogging is relatively new on the career landscape but it's fast becoming a viable way to make a living if you play your cards right. A lot of bloggers dream of one day becoming an editor of magazine, or they use their blogs to build a portfolio for print work.
Is it the wisest decision to work towards eventually becoming an editor of a magazine?
WhoWhatWear reported that according to GlassDoor.com, anonymous employees from Condé Nast shared their salary information. Once you get your foot in the door to paid work, an Editorial Assistant makes $30,625. You can work your way up the ranks to an Editor and enjoy a salary of $69,650. Senior Editors almost clear six figures at $98,733 and Creative Directors making the most at $163,333.
Working for a company has its perks, more perceived job stability, prestige by association, you're able to learn from your co-workers, and it is glamourous to be an “Editor.” I mean, really, it is.
Blogging is relatively new on the career landscape but it's fast becoming a viable way to make a living if you play your cards right.
However, when you compare the-top-of-the-top salaried position for editors, $166,333 pales in comparison to the seven figure Blogger reported by Women's Wear Daily, where Rachel Parcell revealed she made $960,000 per year from just her affiliate links alone. Parcell is one of the very few who make that kind of money, but even at Style Coalition, 13% of their 250 members make over $100k per year, which put salaries on par with print Senior Editors. In fact, 48% of Style Coalition Bloggers make between $10k and $50k per year, so indeed the salaries are more equal than you'd think between print and blog.
Of course, the downside to blogging is that you have to work your way up to earning a steady income, but that can be said of working the print industry notorious for utilizing unpaid interns. No one is really sure how long blogging is going to stay around as a viable career, then again, no one is really sure about print either.
With all that in mind, does it make a difference to you if Bloggers can make more money than Editors?