A Copy Editor earns an average wage of C$20.61 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.

C$32,636 - C$67,447
C$33K
C$41K
C$67K
MEDIAN: C$41,116
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C$13.64 - C$42.04
C$14
C$21
C$42
MEDIAN: C$20.61
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National Salary Data (?
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C$0C$25KC$50KC$75K
Salary
C$32,636 - C$67,447  
   
Bonus
C$1,800  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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C$31,557 - C$72,682  
Country: Canada | Currency: CAD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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C$0C$15C$30C$45
Hourly Rate
C$13.64 - C$42.04  
   
Overtime
C$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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C$0C$30KC$60KC$90K
Bonus
C$1,800  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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C$31,557 - C$72,682  
Country: United States | Currency: CAD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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Pay by Experience Level for Copy Editor

Pay by Experience for a Copy Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Copy Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Copy Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 19 salaries. An experienced Copy Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 14 salaries. A Copy Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: C$43,315

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Copy Editor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Copy Editor?

Copy Editor in Toronto:
"It works for me."
Pros: I like being able to clean up some of the noise in the world (in this case, the bad/unclear/incorrect/poorly spelled/grammatically incorrect writing). And I like that my job feels like word-based problem solving. Showing willing-to-learn people how they can improve their writing.
Cons: Fixing the same mistakes over and over; dealing with people who can't/won't learn. The fact that people don't know what I do.

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Key Stats for Copy Editor

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Copy Editor Salaries

Experienced
▲45%

Late-Career
▲24%

▲15%

National Average
C$43,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Copy Editor Salaries

Proofreading
▲7%

▲6%

National Average
C$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 49%