Senior Copywriter Salary

With slightly more than half of Senior Copywriters in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $48K to $104K per year and averages out to $70K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Copywriters range from $48K on the low end to $104K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $7K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Senior Copywriters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Copywriters (57 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$46,741 - $95,068

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$22.14 - $97.66

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,741 - $95,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,881  
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $7,047  
Total Pay (?
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$47,541 - $103,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 723
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 - $9,881  
   
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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$47,541 - $103,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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.

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Senior Copywriters' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Creative Director of Advertising. The average Creative Director of Advertising brings home $90K per year. When Senior Copywriters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Associate Directors of Creative Services or Creative Directors. Those roles pay an additional $18K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Copywriter


Senior Copywriters seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe Acrobat, Advertising, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HTML, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Advertising are, more often than not, also skilled in Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Copywriter

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


Senior Copywriters with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. Senior Copywriters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $76K. Senior Copywriters who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Copywriters, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Copywriters will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (9 percent less) and Denver (7 percent less).

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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
0%

National Average
$72,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%



Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 13%

HTML
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 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
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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