Copy Editor Salary

The average pay for a Copy Editor is $41,552 per year.
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$29,561 - $63,810
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$64K
MEDIAN: $41,552
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$11.04 - $34.82
(Median)
$11
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,561 - $63,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$247.90 - $2,035  
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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$26,896 - $67,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 692
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $34.82  
   
Overtime
$17.78 - $41.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$247.90 - $2,035  
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).
)
$26,896 - $67,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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Job Description for Copy Editor

The basic function of copy editor is to review, make changes, and sometimes rewrite articles written by others. Copy editors are often considered a "last line of defense" before a written piece is published for the public eye to see. They usually work for newspapers, magazine productions, and other types of written publishing companies. Being a writer or reporter is often a prerequisite for doing this job, as there is a considerable amount of knowledge that needs to be learned before they can do what is expected of them properly. They check facts, make sure the writing fits the selective style of the company, correct grammar and spelling mistakes, and ensure the article is logically sound. A copy editor must consider other corrections for the work before it is published. He or she also makes visual layout changes to a publication when concerning newspapers and magazine pages. As far as education goes, a Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, or communications is usually expected or required.


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.

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Experience Affects Copy Editor Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Copy Editor Salaries

Design
up arrow 7%

Editing
up arrow 2%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

Proofreading
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Copywriting
up arrow 1%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

Graphic Design
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 29%
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