Entry-Level Copy Editor Salary

The average salary for an Entry-Level Copy Editor is $36,437 per year. A skill in Technical Writing is associated with high pay for this job.

$27,529 - $52,898
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,437
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$10.09 - $24.12
(Median)
$10
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,529 - $52,898  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
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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$24,394 - $51,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $24.12  
   
Overtime
$17.48 - $36.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
   
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).
)
$24,394 - $51,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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 Entry-Level Copy Editor Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 12%

Copywriting
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
0%

National Average
$35,000

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 5%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 29%
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