Senior Copywriter Salary

Median pay for Senior Copywriters in the United States is around $73K annually. In the world of Senior Copywriters, overall income ranges from $50K 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. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women account for the majority of Senior Copywriters who responded to the questionnaire — 66 percent to be exact. Most Senior Copywriters report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,177 - $97,218
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$73K
$97K
MEDIAN: $72,735
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90%

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$22.60 - $97.21
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$97
MEDIAN: $48.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,177 - $97,218  
   
Bonus
$979 - $10,352  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $6,851  
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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$50,351 - $104,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 545
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$22.60 - $97.21  
   
Overtime
$30.91 - $94.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$979 - $10,352  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $6,851  
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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$50,351 - $104,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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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Senior Copywriters might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Associate Director of Creative Services, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $91K per year. Senior Copywriters most often move into positions as Creative Directors or Creative Directors of Advertising; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Copywriter


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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: $74,477

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

For Senior Copywriters, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Senior Copywriters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Senior Copywriters in St. Louis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Tampa and 2 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Senior Copywriter

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Senior Copywriter Salaries

▲14%

▲7%

National Average
$74,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Senior Copywriter Salaries


▲1%

▲1%


National Average
$74,000




▼4%



Project Management
▼6%

Adobe Photoshop
▼7%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼16%

HTML
▼18%

Proofreading
▼34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 11%