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Senior Copywriter Salary (United States)

Senior Copywriters in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $44K to $105K per year, typical earnings come to $68K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Copywriters can bottom out near $44K or peak near $105K depending on individual performance. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women Senior Copywriters just slightly outnumber men. Most Senior Copywriters report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Copywriter Salary (?
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$43,955 - $95,034
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MEDIAN: $68,247
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Senior Copywriter Salary (?
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$18.31 - $88.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,955 - $95,034  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,733  
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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$43,658 - $104,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 778
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$18.31 - $88.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $96.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,733  
   
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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$43,658 - $104,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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. a Creative Director of Advertising typically earns $90K per year. Senior Copywriters most often move into positions as Associate Directors of Creative Services or Creative Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $18K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Copywriter

Survey results imply that Senior Copywriters deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Marketing Communications, Technical Writing, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Search Engine Optimization , HTML, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those familiar with Advertising also tend to know Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Copywriter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Senior Copywriters, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $67K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $75K in this role. Senior Copywriters with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $75K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$71,000
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With a pay rate for Senior Copywriters that is 24 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Seattle, Portland, Boston, and New York, top-paying markets where Senior Copywriters rake in more than the national norm (+19 percent, +16 percent, +10 percent, and +9 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Copywriter Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Senior Copywriter Salaries

Adobe Acrobat
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Copywriting
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Editing
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$71,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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HTML
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 198 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%