Copy Editor Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Copy Editor is $41,286 per year.
Copy Editor Total Pay (?
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$29,143 - $64,339
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41K
51K
64K
MEDIAN: $41,286
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Copy Editor Total Pay (?
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$10.60 - $33.86
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,143 - $64,339  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,914  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $10,652  
Total Pay (?
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$25,408 - $66,847  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.60 - $33.86  
   
Overtime
$17.77 - $40.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,914  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $10,652  
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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$25,408 - $66,847  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,196
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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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Pay Difference By Location
Los Angeles
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Detroit
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San Francisco
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Philadelphia
up arrow 24%
Boston
up arrow 12%
Dallas
up arrow 12%
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Denver
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National Average
$40,000
Austin
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Atlanta
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San Diego
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Experience Affects Copy Editor Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Copy Editor Salaries

Design
up arrow 10%
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 6%
Editing
up arrow 3%
Proofreading
up arrow 2%
Copywriting
up arrow 2%
Technical Writing
up arrow 1%
National Average
$40,000
Web Content Management
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 11%
Graphic Design
up arrow 12%
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Gender
Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 31%
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