Average Copy Editor Salary

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The average salary for a Copy Editor is $46,519.
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$32k - $72k
$199 - $6k
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$924 - $5k
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$29k - $72k

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Job Description for Copy Editor

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
Highly Satisfied

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.

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Popular Skills for Copy Editor

Skills that pay less than market rate include Writing Procedures & Documentation, Adobe InDesign, Copywriting, Proofreading and Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Copy Editor

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 $38,527 based on 63 salaries. An early career Copy Editor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41,371 based on 433 salaries. A mid-career Copy Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,325 based on 254 salaries. An experienced Copy Editor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,890 based on 239 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $58,585.
Employees with Copy Editor in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 28.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (27.5% more) and San Francisco, California (26.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Boston, Massachusetts (4.4% less) and Chicago, Illinois (3.7% less).

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