Senior Copywriter Salary

Senior Copywriters in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — 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 annually. Cash earnings for Senior Copywriters — including $10K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $46K to $105K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Senior Copywriters report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women Senior Copywriters who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,620 - $96,365
(Median)
$46K
$70K
$96K
MEDIAN: $69,838
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$20.35 - $98.92
(Median)
$20
$48
$99
MEDIAN: $48.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,620 - $96,365  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$46,129 - $105,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 724
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$20.35 - $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 - $9,863  
   
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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$46,129 - $105,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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For Senior Copywriters, progressing to a Creative Director of Advertising role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Creative Director of Advertising can earn $90K annually. 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


Senior Copywriters seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Most people who know Advertising also know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $75K. 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 $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Copywriters, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Copywriters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent less).

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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%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$72,000

Editing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 6%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 13%

HTML
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%