Log In

Log In to Save

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Become A Copy Editor

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Copy Editor

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $39,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Copy Editor Do

A Copy Editor proofreads and modifies a writer's work. They may work on various publications, including books, newspapers, and magazines.

How To Become A Copy Editor

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English, combined with previous writing and proofreading experience, is typically required to be an editor.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English. They also prefer candidates with mass- or cross-media experience.

Those with other backgrounds who can show strong writing skills also may find jobs as editors. Editors who deal with specific subject matter may need previous related work experience. For example, fashion editors may need expertise in fashion that they gain through formal training or work experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many editors start off as editorial assistants, writers, or reporters.

Those who are particularly skilled at identifying good stories, recognizing writing talent, and interacting with writers may be interested in editing jobs. 

Other Experience

Editors also can gain experience by working on high school and college newspapers, and for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or nonprofit organizations. Magazines and newspapers also have internships for students. For example, the American Society of Magazine Editors offers a Magazine Internship Program to qualified full-time students in their junior or senior year of college. Interns may write stories, conduct research and interviews, and gain general publishing experience.

The ability to use computers is necessary for editors to stay in touch with writers and other editors and to work on the increasingly important digital media or online side of a publication. Familiarity with electronic publishing, graphics, Web design, and multimedia production is also important, because more content is being offered online.

Advancement

Some editors hold management positions and must make decisions related to running a business. For them, advancement generally means moving up to publications with larger circulation or greater prestige. Copy editors may move into original writing or substantive editing positions, or become freelancers.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Editors must be creative, curious, and knowledgeable in a broad range of topics. Some editors must regularly come up with interesting story ideas and attention-grabbing headlines.

Detail oriented. One of an editor’s main tasks is to make sure that material is error free and matches the style of a publication.

Good judgment. Editors must decide if certain stories are ethical or if there is enough evidence to report them.

Interpersonal skills. In working with writers, editors must have tact and the ability to guide and encourage them in their work.

Writing skills. Editors must ensure that all written content has correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Editors must be able to write clearly and logically.

Show More

Show Less

3,730 Copy Editor jobs

Apex Systems
Santa Clara, CA
Copy Editor

$39,823 Estimated

Syneos Health
Princeton, NJ
Copy Editor

$39,520 Estimated

Robert Half
Austin, TX
Copy Editor

$31,522 Estimated

Robert Half
Indianapolis, IN
Copy Editor

$39,520 Estimated

RELX Group
New York, NY
Copy Editor

$58,600 Estimated

Randstad
Los Angeles, CA
Copy Editor

$52,864 Estimated

DRT Strategies, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
Copy Editor

$36,572 Estimated

LRP Publications
Trumbull, CT
Copy Editor

$39,520 Estimated

Robert Half
Carlsbad, CA
Copy Editor

$39,823 Estimated

Conversant
Morton, IL
Copy Editor

$33,603 Estimated

Adecco
Norwood, MA
SR Copy Editor

$40,006 Estimated

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated
Carbondale, IL
Part-time Copy Editor

$33,603 Estimated

Robert Half
San Mateo, CA
Copy Editor

$56,468 Estimated

Turner Broadcasting
Atlanta, GA
Copy Editor - CNN - Newsroom 9am

$39,520 Estimated

Emarketer
New York, NY
Copy Editor

$58,600 Estimated

Agora Publishing
Columbia, MD
Copy Editor

$46,034 Estimated

Burnett Specialists
Austin, TX
Copy Editor

$31,522 Estimated

Manifest LLC
Washington, DC
Copy Editor

$39,520 Estimated

Confidential
Houston, TX
Copy Editor

$31,522 Estimated

Confidential
Las Vegas, NV
Copy Editor

$37,607 Estimated

Add To My Jobs

Real Copy Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Copy Editor News America Incorporated New York, NY Aug 15, 2011 $76,375
Copy Editor C. 2K Entertainment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 18, 2012 $75,000
Copy Editor Vince Camuto, LLC New York, NY Jun 08, 2015 $75,000
Copy Editor Dow Jones and Company San Francisco, CA Jun 05, 2012 $71,956
Copy Editor Dow Jones and Company San Francisco, CA Sep 23, 2012 $71,956
Copy Editor Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Sep 23, 2012 $67,600
Online Copy Editor Daily News, L.P. New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $65,000
Copy Editor, Editorial Partnership Guardian News & Media LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $63,419
Copy Editor Dow Jones & Company, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2010 $63,132
Online Copy Editor Daily News, L.P. New York, NY Sep 09, 2014 $60,000
Show More

Top Skills for A Copy Editor

DailyPaperFeaturesEditorialStaffLayoutOnlineContentWebContentAdobeIndesignFactualAccuracyNewsStoriesEditCopyProofreadArticlesNewsPagesCopyDeskAdobePhotoshopPhotoCaptionsNewsArticlesPressReleasesContentManagementSystemQuarkWeeklyNewspaper

Show More

Top Copy Editor Skills

  1. Daily Paper
  2. Features
  3. Editorial Staff
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and construct pages for the daily paper.
  • Create content, covering sports - softball and bowling - and features for the newsletter.
  • Receive high praise from authors, as well as excellent performance reviews from top editorial staff.
  • Handled copy editing, proofreading, formatting, layout and design for the daily newspaper.
  • Proofread online content for factual and grammatical accuracy, as well as clarity.

Top Copy Editor Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Copy Editor

  1. Demand Media
  2. Gatehouse Media
  3. The Tampa Tribune
  4. Capital Group
  5. Amazon
  6. Trialgraphix, Inc.
  7. Random House
  8. Cond Nast
  9. Sapling Learning
  10. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
What type of job are your looking for?
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Copy Editor Videos

Edgewalk Toronto: Toronto Life copy editor tempts fate

Why Be a Copy Editor?

Copy Editor vs. Cat