Senior Copywriter Salary

Senior Copywriters in the United States take home approximately $73K per year on average. Cash earnings for Senior Copywriters — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $51K to approximately $106K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women make up the majority of Senior Copywriters (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Senior Copywriters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,671 - $98,053
$51K
$73K
$98K
MEDIAN: $73,102
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50%
90%

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$19.31 - $97.87
$19
$48
$98
MEDIAN: $47.78
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,671 - $98,053  
   
Bonus
$992 - $10,223  
Profit Sharing
$260.00 - $6,756  
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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$50,741 - $106,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 570
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$19.31 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$36.13 - $85.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$992 - $10,223  
   
Profit Sharing
$260.00 - $6,756  
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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$50,741 - $106,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Copywriter


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Advancing into an Associate Director of Creative Services role seems to be a popular career move for Senior Copywriters, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $91K per year. When Senior Copywriters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Creative Directors or Creative Directors of Advertising. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $15K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Copywriter


Senior Copywriters seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Advertising, Adobe Acrobat, and Copywriting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Proofreading as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. HTML and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Advertising are similarly competent in Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Copywriter

Pay by Experience for a Senior Copywriter has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Copywriter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 183 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Copywriter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 302 salaries. An experienced Senior Copywriter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 222 salaries. A Senior Copywriter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 90 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,628

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Senior Copywriters in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Copywriters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Senior Copywriters in St. Louis earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tampa (9 percent less) and Philadelphia (2 percent less).

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Key Stats for Senior Copywriter

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Senior Copywriter Salaries

▲14%

▲7%

National Average
$75,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Senior Copywriter Salaries


▲1%

▲1%


National Average
$75,000




▼4%



Project Management
▼6%

Adobe Photoshop
▼7%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼16%

HTML
▼19%

Proofreading
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 11%
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