What are copywriter salaries like right now? Lower than pre-COVID? About the same? Applying for jobs and wondering if I should lower my asking price because of budget cuts/layoffs. And I’m thinking LA, NY, and the Bay Area.

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There really shouldn’t be changes in salaries. Agencies are still billing clients the same. The only way a writer might get a lower salary than he or she would normally command is if they had to settle for a less senior position.

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NYC, 8 years exp, freelance, last staff role was 150k in 2015, I’ve been floated 110k for a perm role recently like GTFO

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Sr writer, in house studio in New York, $97K. There def won’t be bonuses or merit raises this year on our end

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2 years exp, NYC at 68k

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$120k, in-house, LA. I was really lucky and transitioned from contract to full time right at the start of the pandemic. By the time I had my new hire orientation, we were starting to WFH.

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I am!

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CW, 4 years, 100K in NYC. Also on a raise freeze. Not sure if you’ll have to settle for less like CD1 said above, but I know many friends who had to take a 10% pay cut as agencies buckled down for COVID. I’d ask for the pre-COVID salary you want and then let them tell you where they’re at.

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Yeah i was at 70k when I had 4 years'experience, and am at 105k now as a senior - 100k is def high for a mid level, even in NYC. Good for you, CW1!

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30-40% lower

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No. Do not do this. That’s dumb af ACD 1

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one year of experience + master's degree, pharma, 73k nyc. they announced no bonuses for this year.

Still riding on this reduced pay at my shop. But I’d say salaries are a bit lower all around and they can be with so many applicants per position

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