Copy Editor Salary

Pay for Copy Editors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $43K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for Copy Editors is high. Most Copy Editors survey respondents are women (74 percent). Although the larger part have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, approximately one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,705 - $71,273
$31K
$44K
$71K
MEDIAN: $44,188
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50%
90%

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$12.06 - $32.06
$12
$19
$32
MEDIAN: $19.03
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$0$71K
Salary $30,705 - $71,273
Bonus $309 - $5,523
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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$28,341 - $70,623
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 419
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $12.06 - $32.06
Overtime $18.13 - $49.44
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $309 - $5,523
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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$28,341 - $70,623
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 258

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.

Common Career Paths for Copy Editor


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It's not very common for Copy Editors to move on to become Senior Copywriters. Average pay for a Senior Copywriter is $70K annually. It is quite typical for Copy Editors to transition into roles as Editors or Managing Editors, where reported median earnings are $4K and $10K higher per year.

Copy Editor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Copy Editor


Popular Skills for Copy Editor


Survey results imply that Copy Editors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with writing, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and copyediting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 15 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Adobe InDesign, and Microsoft Word. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Copywriting.

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: $42,047

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Copy Editors, 32 percent above the national average. Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent), New York (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). Virginia Beach is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (16 percent lower) and Louisville (6 percent lower).

Copy Editor Reviews

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

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.

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Key Stats for Copy Editor

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Copy Editor Salaries

▲26%

▲14%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Copy Editor Salaries

writing
▲20%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲14%

fact checking
▲7%

copy Editing
▲7%

copyediting
▲7%

Design
▲4%

Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Technical Writing
▼2%

▼3%

Proofreading
▼3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼3%

▼5%

Microsoft Word
▼9%


Graphic Design
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 28%