Copy Editor Salary in the United States

How much does a Copy Editor make in the United States? The average Copy Editor salary in the United States is $42,622 as of October 30, 2019, but the salary range typically falls between $35,565 and $46,566. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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$35,565 to $46,566
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IMA | Institute of Management Accountants -
The Copy Editor will work closely with the entire Publications staff to produce IMA's publications, including Strategic Finance magazine and Management Accounting Quarterly , as well as other ...
LinkedIn - 3 days ago
IMA | Institute of Management Accountants - Montvale , NJ
The Copy Editor will work closely with the entire Publications staff to produce IMA's publications, including Strategic Finance magazine by Jobble
Jobble, Inc. - 2 days ago
An editor that can work through copious amounts of copy and serve as a mentor to develop up-and-coming journalistic talent. The ability to juggle multiple projects, and the willingness to help shape ...
ZipRecruiter - 8 days ago
Pioneer Utility Resources -
If you are versatile, relational and a team player--you love copy editing, have multimedia sensibilities and know your way around InDesign--let's talk. The pay and benefits are competitive, offering ...
LinkedIn - 1 day ago
Haute Living Magazine -
Copy editing ability is a plu
LinkedIn - 9 days ago
American Student Dental Association -
Position Overview The Associate Editor will write, edit and proofread copy for ASDA's print and electronic publications following established style guidelines. Participate in editorial board meetings ...
LinkedIn - 1 day ago
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These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Copy Editor in the United States. The base salary for Copy Editor ranges from $35,565 to $46,566 with the average base salary of $42,622. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $40,523 to $53,527 with the average total cash compensation of $45,058.

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