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✨ Pay Transparency: Copy Edition ✨ Drop your city, years of experience + salary below 👇

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NYC, 8 years, 150k

Thanks to everyone for posting. Pay transparency will help all of us.

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25 years as a copywriter and creative director in Chicago, Detroit and L. A. I peaked at $175k. Making $140k in current job and pretty happy just to still be employed. I think even at my peak I made about the same as the CDs I had in Chicago as a junior over 20 years ago.

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LA, 10 years, 150k + 20% bonus + 12k stock

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Yes. Last job (prodco/agency) had the same base salary but nothing beyond that. Also way more hours and stress.

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NYC: 5 years, 100k.

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NYC, 10 yrs, $1200/day (freelance so hard to compare directly)

Last full-time job I had, I was at 7 yrs, $105k

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Woman, 7.5 years, NYC, 95k...

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LA, woman, 2 yrs, 75k

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NYC, 6, $115k

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NYC, 7 years, $99.99.

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MTL, 7 years, 80K

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Female, 5 years, Chicago - 95k

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Female, NYC, 9 years, 150k

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SF, female, 11 years, 185k

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NYC, F, $155K, 10 years, healthcare

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These NYC salaries... Jesus...

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What they’re paying in NYC is what we should be making in the rest of the US. NYC salaries should be about double what they are for people to actually afford to live there. But that’s how much we’re all underpaid.

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Female, NJ, 4 yrs, 115k

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This silly industry must offer one of the shortest paths to six figures around?

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Not as fast as a lot of people in Finance or certain tech jobs. But yeah, it’s definitely an industry that can get you money quicker than others.

Not without the cost of work/life balance though.

SF, 20 years in, 275k

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And I still can’t afford a down payment

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180k | LA, female, 8 years

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Sure am.

NYC - 11 years (dude)

Took me 10 to get from 85k to 110k
Last year jumped to 165

Did you jump straight from senior to CD???

45k as a female junior writer in Tennessee. :/

That makes sense. What if I’m being bumped to mid level though, not senior? Seeing as I’m a junior right now. How much of a salary increase is fair?

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