Copy Editors in the United States take home approximately $41K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,675 - $62,572
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$30K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,325
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$12.01 - $32.66
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$33
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,675 - $62,572  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $4,530  
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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$27,898 - $65,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 476
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $32.66  
   
Overtime
$17.72 - $40.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$198.66 - $4,530  
   
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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$27,898 - $65,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Copy Editor


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Though some Copy Editors move into positions like Senior Copywriter (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. When Copy Editors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Managing Editors or Editors. Those roles pay an additional $11K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Copy Editor


Survey results imply that Copy Editors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with writing, copyediting, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 23 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, copy Editing, and Adobe InDesign. Most people familiar with Editing also know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Copy Editor

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


For Copy Editors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $37K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. On average, Copy Editors make $48K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,801

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Copy Editors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Copy Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), New York (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Virginia Beach and Louisville (16 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Copy Editor Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Copy Editor Salaries

writing
up arrow 24%

copyediting
up arrow 23%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 18%

fact checking
up arrow 13%

Design
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

Proofreading
0%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$41,000

Copywriting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%


copy Editing
up arrow 11%

Graphic Design
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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