An Entry-Level Copy Editor earns an average salary of $39,118 per year.

$28,095 - $53,941
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,117
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$10.78 - $24.74
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,095 - $53,941  
   
Bonus
$291.87 - $4,085  
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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$25,487 - $52,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.78 - $24.74  
   
Overtime
$15.78 - $33.18  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$291.87 - $4,085  
   
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).
)
$25,487 - $52,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,033

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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.

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Skills That Affect Copy Editor Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 6%

Editing
0%

Proofreading
0%

National Average
$37,000

Copywriting
up arrow 5%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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