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Senior Copywriter Salary

Senior Copywriters in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $46K to $105K per year, median earnings come to $70K per year. In the world of Senior Copywriters, overall income ranges from $46K 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. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,541 - $95,972
(Median)
$46K
$70K
$96K
MEDIAN: $69,832
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90%

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$22.14 - $98.92
(Median)
$22
$48
$99
MEDIAN: $48.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,541 - $95,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,858  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $7,000  
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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$46,273 - $104,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 731
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$22.14 - $98.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $96.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,858  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $7,000  
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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$46,273 - $104,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Senior Copywriters may progress into high-paying roles like Creative Director of Advertising, where median compensation is $90K annually. The most common next step for a Senior Copywriter is to become an Associate Director of Creative Services or a Creative Director. The former position pays an additional $18K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Copywriter


Senior Copywriters report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe Acrobat, Advertising, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HTML, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Advertising indicates knowledge of Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Copywriter

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $61K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $70K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Copywriters make a median salary of $76K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Senior Copywriters in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Copywriters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 3 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Dallas and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 2 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Senior Copywriter Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Senior Copywriter Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Advertising
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$72,000

Editing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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 122 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 14%
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