Copy Editor Statistics in the US

The average employee age for copy editors is 42 years. The copy editor workforce reached a whopping 36,796 in 2020!

Among copy editors, we discovered that 57.3% of them are women, while 38.8% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among copy editors is White, which makes up 78.4% of all copy editors. Comparatively, there are 7.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.0% of the Asian ethnicity. Copy editors are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, copy editors are more likely to find a job in the media industry.

From where do we know all information about copy editor demographics? We analyzed 11,933 copy editors resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Copy Editor Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as copy editors. Keep reading to find out what the results for copy editors were.

Copy Editor Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among copy editors is White, which makes up 78.4% of all copy editors. Comparatively, there are 7.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 7.0% of the Asian ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 78.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.9%
  • Asian, 7.0%
  • Black or African American, 3.9%
  • Unknown, 2.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Copy Editors

The chart below shows that 43.1% of copy editors speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 20.6% and German is the third-most popular at 7.4%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 43.1%
  • French, 20.6%
  • German, 7.4%
  • Italian, 5.4%
  • Russian, 3.4%
  • Other, 20.1%

Most Common Degree for Copy Editor

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for copy editors. The most common degree for copy editors is bachelor's degree. In fact, 71% of copy editors earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 18% and rounding it off is associate degree with 3%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 78%
  • Masters degree, 8%
  • Certificate degree, 6%
  • Associate degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Copy Editor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among copy editors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Copy Editor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the copy editor position over time.


Copy Editor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of copy editors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of copy editors based on ethnicity and gender.


Number Of Years On The Job For Copy Editor

By looking over 11,933 copy editors resumes, we figured out that the average copy editor enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Copy Editor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of copy editor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of copy editors is 40+ years old, which represents 54% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Copy Editors with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, track announcer and public address announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Copy Editor39%57%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Copy Editor
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Copy Editors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to copy editors.

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Job Titleascdesc
Senior Technical Writer15.82%
News Photographer/Editor19.36%
Movie Writer22.69%
On-Air Announcer25.03%
Russian Language Interpreter And Translator27.03%
Copy Editor28.26%
Publication Specialist30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Copy Editor?

Male Income
Female Income

Copy Editor Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Black or African American men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Copy Editor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$47,542
Doctorate Degree$53,052
Master's Degree$53,604

Copy Editor Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Copy Editor Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a copy editor can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of copy editors is $42,799. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Copy Editors Earn The Most?

The map here shows where copy editors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Copy Editors Located?

By looking through more than 11,933 resumes, we found that the most popular places for copy editors are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Copy Editors

Copy Editor Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ copy editors. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most copy editors is the media industry.

What Percentage Of Copy Editor Jobs Are Remote?

33.5% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

66.5% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire copy editors.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Copy Editor Work In

Employees with the copy editor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most copy editors prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ copy editors. Those industries include media, education and technology.

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Fortune 500


Non Profits

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