For Senior Copywriters, annual average wages total $72K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Copywriters like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Senior Copywriters (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$50,278 - $97,459
(Median)
$50K
$72K
$97K
MEDIAN: $71,891
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$22.29 - $97.66
(Median)
$22
$51
$98
MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,278 - $97,459  
   
Bonus
$996 - $10,570  
Profit Sharing
$3,250  
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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$50,424 - $104,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 576
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$22.29 - $97.66  
   
Overtime
$30.41 - $96.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$996 - $10,570  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,250  
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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$50,424 - $104,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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 often transition into Associate Director of Creative Services positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Associate Directors of Creative Services earn $91K per year. Senior Copywriters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Creative Directors or Creative Directors of Advertising. The median paychecks in those roles are $9K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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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 Technical Writing, Advertising, Copywriting, and Adobe Acrobat 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. 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.


For Senior Copywriters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Copywriters make a median salary of $79K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $84K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,741

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

Senior Copywriters will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Senior Copywriters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with St. Louis Senior Copywriters earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (16 percent less) and Tampa (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Copywriter Salaries



National Average
$74,000



Skills That Affect Senior Copywriter Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Advertising
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 1%

National Average
$74,000

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

up arrow 5%


Project Management
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 6%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 15%

HTML
up arrow 18%

Proofreading
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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