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ABM, MPA release compensation survey

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New York—Consumer editorial staffers earn about twice the compensation as their cohorts in b-to-b media, according to the “2011 American Business Media/MPA Compensation Survey Report,” which was conducted by Towers Watson. Consumer salespeople also earned about one-third more than their b-to-b colleagues.

The report indicates that that company pay levels have rebounded, returning to levels last seen in the middle of the last decade.

The survey found that publisher base salaries increased an average of 3%, and total cash compensation increased an average of 20% between 2010 and 2011—based on data from 54 publishers at 11 ABM companies who participated in both survey years.

In the same timeframe, editor base salaries increased an average of 4%, and total cash compensation increased an average of 15%—based on a constant sample review of 178 editors at 15 ABM companies who participated in both survey years

The survey, which was released earlier this month, includes responses collected online from about 50 companies and data for about 7,400 employees and 175 job titles.

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