You need more escaping. You’ve correctly escaped the $; you need to do the same with the existing backslashes.

alias cpwd="echo \\"\$(pwd)\\" | xclip"

Alternatively, you can avoid all the escaping by using single quotes.

alias cpwd='echo \"$(pwd)\" | xclip'

Best of all, use a function instead of an alias. A function lets you write the command exactly as you would normally without any extra quotes or escaping.

cpwd() {
    echo \"$(pwd)\" | xclip

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