$43,886
Avg. Salary
$18.83
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,517

Profit Sharing

$1,147

The average pay for a Copy Editor is $18.83 per hour.

The average pay for a Copy Editor is $43,886 per year.

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MEDIAN $19
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MEDIAN $43,886
$30,901 - $70,379
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MEDIAN: $43,886
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$12.16 - $31.53
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$0$70K
Salary $30,901 - $70,379
Bonus $199 - $5,562
Profit Sharing $1,147
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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$28,719 - $69,637
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 804
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $12.16 - $31.53
Overtime $17.88 - $44.73
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $199 - $5,562
Profit Sharing $1,147
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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$28,719 - $69,637
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 511

Job Description for Copy Editor

Copy editors are responsible for reviewing content for their organization's publications, which could include newspapers, magazines, newsletters, website content, mass emails and other written materials. These editors must ensure that materials are factually accurate and free of spelling and grammatical errors; they may also have to work with writers and others within the company to resolve errors and ensure materials are ready for publication. Copy editors also need to make sure that materials fit within the tone, style and perspective of their publication(s). Additionally, they may work with designers, photo editors, web editors and other professionals to ensure content fits within a cohesive package and resolve any issues that arise in the editing process. Copy editors often need to work within tight deadlines, and they must be able to multitask and prioritize assignments to ensure that all tasks are completed promptly.

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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.

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Common Career Paths for Copy Editor


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Popular Skills for Copy Editor

Pay by Experience Level for Copy Editor

Pay by Experience for a Copy Editor has a positive trend. An entry-level Copy Editor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 414 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Copy Editor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 187 salaries. An experienced Copy Editor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 153 salaries. A Copy Editor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 117 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,828

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

Copy Editor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Copy Editor?

Copy Editor in Boulder:
"Beauty, great people, progressive, forward thinking."
Pros: smartly designed city, dense, easy to get around by bike and bus, easy access to trails and the mountains, casual, smart, educated, young
Cons: lack of diversity, expensive, growing NIMBYism and conservatism, growing regressive capitalism

Copy Editor in New York:
"Pay attention."
Pay attention to the details. Be timely and courteous.

Copy Editor in Dallas:
Pros:
Cons: I believe that I am very underpaid for my position.

Copy Editor in Montvale:
"Working as a Copy Editor."
Pros: Working with every department and touching every aspect of the company.
Cons: Too far from home.

Copy Editor in Seattle:
"Get Technical Skills In Addition To English (writing) Degree."
Over the years, I've accumulated either through self-study or on-the-job training skills in Microsoft Word and various desktop publishing, web publishing and image software. It is, in my opinion, extremely difficult to get a job using your English degree without these skills. In addition, make sure you are familiar with the standard style reference materials: Chicago Manual of Style, AP Manual, and Gregg Reference Manual. In whatever job you acquire, keep a portfolio of your work.

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Key Stats for Copy Editor

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 183 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Copy Editor Salaries

▲26%

▲14%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Copy Editor Salaries

writing
▲21%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲15%

fact checking
▲8%

copyediting
▲8%

copy Editing
▲7%

Design
▲5%

Project Management
▲1%

National Average
$42,000

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼2%

Technical Writing
▼2%

▼3%

Proofreading
▼3%

▼4%

Microsoft Word
▼8%


Graphic Design
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 29%