Entry-Level Copy Editor Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Copy Editor earns an average salary of $36,707 per year.
Entry-Level Copy Editor Salary (?
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$27,074 - $51,801
(Median)
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52K
MEDIAN: $36,707
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Entry-Level Copy Editor Salary (?
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$10.02 - $24.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,074 - $51,801  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,051  
Profit Sharing
$435.00 - $2,000  
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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$23,536 - $52,018  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 359
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $24.74  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $37.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,051  
   
Profit Sharing
$435.00 - $2,000  
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).
)
$23,536 - $52,018  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$35,000
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Copy Editor Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Copy Editor in Seattle:
"Get Technical Skills In Addition To English (writing) Degree."
Over the years, I've accumulated either through self-study or on-the-job training skills in Microsoft Word and various desktop publishing, web publishing and image software. It is, in my opinion, extremely difficult to get a job using your English degree without these skills. In addition, make sure you are familiar with the standard style reference materials: Chicago Manual of Style, AP Manual, and Gregg Reference Manual. In whatever job you acquire, keep a portfolio of your work.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Copy Editor Salaries

Copywriting
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Technical Writing
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Editing
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Proofreading
0%
National Average
$35,000
Writing Procedures & Documentation
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Adobe InDesign
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Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 31%
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