The average pay for a Copy Editor is $41,687 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are copyediting, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and writing.
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$29,860 - $63,312
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$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,687
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$11.94 - $32.34
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,860 - $63,312  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $4,562  
Profit Sharing
$924  
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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$27,714 - $65,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 463
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $32.34  
   
Overtime
$18.07 - $39.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$197.27 - $4,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$924  
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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$27,714 - $65,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 308

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Job Description for Copy Editor

Copy editors are responsible for reviewing content for their organization's publications, which could include newspapers, magazines, newsletters, website content, mass emails and other written materials. These editors must ensure that materials are factually accurate and free of spelling and grammatical errors; they may also have to work with writers and others within the company to resolve errors and ensure materials are ready for publication. Copy editors also need to make sure that materials fit within the tone, style and perspective of their publication(s). Additionally, they may work with designers, photo editors, web editors and other professionals to ensure content fits within a cohesive package and resolve any issues that arise in the editing process. Copy editors often need to work within tight deadlines, and they must be able to multitask and prioritize assignments to ensure that all tasks are completed promptly.

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Copy Editor Tasks

  • Correct grammar and spelling.
  • Check documents and other items for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy.
  • Check text to ensure copy is well written and logically structured.
  • Check facts and ask questions to the author.
  • Ensure that text agrees with the approved style.

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,937

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Key Stats for Copy Editor

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Copy Editor Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Copy Editor Salaries

copyediting
up arrow 22%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 17%

writing
up arrow 14%

fact checking
up arrow 10%

copy Editing
up arrow 10%

Design
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 6%



Proofreading
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National Average
$41,000

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Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%


Graphic Design
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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