Thursday, July 27, 2006

Copy editor salaries

The latest Newspaper Industry Compensation Survey shows disappointing numbers for copy editors:

Pay for beginning copy editors, on average, rose 1.5 percent last year. Pay for experienced copy editors 1.4 percent.

The published material doesn't include an average base salary for copy editors, but here are some other figures E&P got:
Beginning reporters: $29,048
Sports editors: $52,632
Inside sales rep: $36,077

Want another reason to think about a switch to the Web? Online editors had an 8.8 percent increase in total direct pay.


At 10:30 AM, July 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kept hearing in the late '90s that copy editors were in demand and they were going to come into their due, etc.

Things haven't quite panned out that way. In fact, at some papers, they are awaiting word about which ones will be let go and which ones get to keep their jobs with the low raises.

At 10:51 PM, August 01, 2006, Anonymous Rknil said...

That's because copy editors didn't pursue their worth. I remember a poster at ACES saying they needed to do this back in 2000. Why do I remember this? Because that poster was I.


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