Senior Copywriter Salary

The average Senior Copywriter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $74K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Copywriters runs from $51K to $104K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Senior Copywriters claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Senior Copywriters (66 percent) survey participants are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$51,885 - $98,196
$52K
$74K
$98K
MEDIAN: $74,420
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50%
90%

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$19.32 - $91.56
$19
$41
$92
MEDIAN: $40.69
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$0$103K
Salary $51,885 - $98,196
Bonus $976 - $9,788
Profit Sharing $493.16 - $7,031
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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$51,812 - $103,775
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 602
Hourly Data $0$91
Hourly Rate $19.32 - $91.56
Overtime $33.44 - $69.94
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $976 - $9,788
Profit Sharing $493.16 - $7,031
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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$51,812 - $103,775
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 59

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

  • Collaborate with design departments, product managers and business owners to create copy for advertising initiatives.
  • Work with Art Director and designers to ensure copy tone and style are consistent with visual tone and style.
  • Develop, write, and deliver marketing copy for print, web, and other applications.

Common Career Paths for Senior Copywriter


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Senior Copywriters often transition into Associate Director of Creative Services positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Associate Directors of Creative Services earn $91K per year. Typical career progression for a Senior Copywriter involves becoming a Creative Director or a Creative Director of Advertising, roles that pay $8K more and $14K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Copywriter


Senior Copywriters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Advertising, Adobe Acrobat, and Copywriting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Proofreading as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. HTML and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Advertising are, more often than not, also skilled in Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Copywriter

Pay by Experience for a Senior Copywriter has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Copywriter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 183 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Copywriter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 302 salaries. An experienced Senior Copywriter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 222 salaries. A Senior Copywriter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 90 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,696

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Senior Copywriters in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Copywriters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Philadelphia (10 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Copywriter

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Senior Copywriter Salaries

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$76,000

▼3%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Senior Copywriter Salaries


▼0%

National Average
$76,000

▼1%





▼6%



Project Management
▼8%

Adobe Photoshop
▼9%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼17%

HTML
▼20%

Proofreading
▼35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 11%