Senior Copywriter Salary

Senior Copywriters who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of Senior Copywriters. Pay fluctuates from $47K to $105K per year, but expected earnings average $70K per year. In the world of Senior Copywriters, overall income ranges from $47K near the bottom to $105K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Copywriters. Women Senior Copywriters who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,483 - $96,217
(Median)
$46K
$70K
$96K
MEDIAN: $70,157
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$22.14 - $97.66
(Median)
$22
$48
$98
MEDIAN: $48.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,483 - $96,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,920  
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $7,047  
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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$47,238 - $105,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 727
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$22.14 - $97.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $96.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $7,047  
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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$47,238 - $105,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Job Description for Senior Copywriter

A senior copywriter works in an company to generate original written content, usually to advertise, promote, or educated a consumer base about that organization’s goods or services. Normally, this position exists inside an established creative department, and the copywriter generates written promotional copy to be used in advertisements across a variety of media. The copywriter may work at an outside advertising agency that requires constant original copy generation across a variety of fields for different clients.

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Senior Copywriter Tasks

  • Develop, write, and deliver marketing copy for print, web, and other applications.
  • Work with Art Director and designers to ensure copy tone and style are consistent with visual tone and style.
  • Collaborate with design departments, product managers and business owners to create copy for advertising initiatives.

Common Career Paths for Senior Copywriter


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As Senior Copywriters transition into upper-level roles such as Creative Director of Advertising, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Creative Directors of Advertising earn $90K on average per year. It is quite typical for Senior Copywriters to transition into roles as Associate Directors of Creative Services or Creative Directors, where reported median earnings are $17K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Copywriter


Survey results imply that Senior Copywriters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Project Management, Technical Writing, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Advertising also know Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Copywriter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Copywriters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $70K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Copywriters make a median salary of $76K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Copywriters, 22 percent higher than the national average. Senior Copywriters will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+12 percent), New York (+12 percent), Portland (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Copywriter Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Senior Copywriter Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Advertising
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$72,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Editing
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%



Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 13%

HTML
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%
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