Copy Editor Salary
|Salary||$29,860 - $63,312|
|Bonus||$197.27 - $4,562|
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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).)
|$27,714 - $65,223|
|Hourly Rate||$11.94 - $32.34|
|Overtime||$18.07 - $39.87|
|Bonus||$197.27 - $4,562|
|Total Pay (||$27,714 - $65,223|
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.Read More...
A bachelor's degree in journalism, English or another relevant field is typically the minimum educational requirement for this position. Previous work experience as a copy editor is often required or preferred as well. Some employers require prospective employees complete a copy-editing test and/or submit samples of their work. Copy editors must pay close attention to detail, work quickly and effectively, and be proficient with the software used by their company to copy edit materials.
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.
Common Career Paths for Copy Editor
Copy Editors sometimes assume positions such as Senior Copywriters. That role pays $70K per year on average. It is quite typical for Copy Editors to transition into roles as Managing Editors or Editors, where reported median earnings are $11K and $5K higher per year.
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Popular Skills for Copy Editor
Copy Editors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with copyediting, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 17 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Microsoft Word. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Copywriting.
Pay by Experience Level for Copy Editor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Copy Editors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $38K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $42K. For Copy Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. 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
For Copy Editors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Copy Editors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), New York (+24 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Virginia Beach. Philadelphia and Louisville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.
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