Salary for Copy Writers

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Also known as:  Advertising Copy Writer, Advertising Copywriter, Author, Biographer, Copy Writer, Copywriter, Lyricist, Novelist, Playwright, Poet helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

The role of copy writers is to create original content for marketing, promotions and advertising purposes. These professionals vary writing style and content based on the target populations to which they are advertising. They may edit and rewrite copy several times until it meets client approval, and may discuss product features with marketing, sales and promotional professionals to determine what content should be included in the copy that they produce. Most individuals employed as copy writers have Bachelor's degrees in English, Communications or related fields.

A Copy Writer earns an average salary ranging from $35,880 to $133,460 depending on education and experience. can get an average pay level of seventy-eight thousand six hundred and eigthy dollars annually.

have the highest salaries in District of Columbia, where they receive average pay scales of close to about $104,720. People working these jobs can make the highest salaries in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they receive average wages of $102,840.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.25 percent nationwide in that time.


Copy Writers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration
Finance and Insurance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Retail Trade