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Average Copy Editor Salary

$49,435
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,233
Bonus
$1,500
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The average salary for a Copy Editor is $49,435.
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$35k
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$49k
90%
$76k
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What Do Copy Editors Do?

Copy Editor Tasks
  • Correct grammar and spelling.
  • Check documents and other items for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy.
  • Check text to ensure copy is well written and logically structured.
  • Check facts and ask questions to the author.
  • Ensure that text agrees with the approved style.

Job Satisfaction for Copy Editor

3.6 out of 5
(148)
Highly Satisfied
17Reviews

Popular Employer Salaries for Copy Editor

The top respondents for the job title Copy Editor are from the companies Apple Computer, Inc.Reported salaries are highest at Apple Computer, Inc where the average pay is $84,000. Apple Computer, Inc pays the lowest at around $84,000.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Copy Editors?

Skills in Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include English Language, Adobe InDesign, Copywriting and Proofreading.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Copy Editors?

An entry-level Copy Editor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $39,068 based on 60 salaries. An early career Copy Editor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,190 based on 334 salaries. A mid-career Copy Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,537 based on 198 salaries. An experienced Copy Editor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,452 based on 191 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $59,044.
Employees with Copy Editor in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 27.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (21.4% more) and New York, New York (21.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (26.5% less) and Chicago, Illinois (9.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 935 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.4%
Early Career
35.7%
Mid Career
21.2%
Experienced
20.4%
Late Career
16.3%