Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

An average Medical Copy Editor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $56K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more female Medical Copy Editors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. For the most part, Medical Copy Editors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,190 - $81,094
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$36K
$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,588
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$13.77 - $40.00
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,190 - $81,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,451 - $82,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$19.84 - $41.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,451 - $82,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Medical copy editors/proofreaders are employed primarily by companies in the health care industry. Most companies are searching for applicants who have a Bachelor's degree in English or a life science-related field, though a Master's degree is often preferred. Companies also prefer experienced applicants who have worked as editors/proofreaders in another firm, such as advertising, pharmaceutical, etc. If one is applying as an English major, he/she should have experience working as an editor in a medical company.

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Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Tasks

  • Check facts and ask questions to the author.
  • Ensure that text agrees with the approved style.
  • Check text to ensure copy is well written and logically structured.
  • Correct grammar and spelling.
  • Check documents and other items for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy.

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Survey results show that Medical Copy Editors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Editing, Proofreading, and Copywriting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Copywriting. Proofreading is a skill commonly found among those who know Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $56K. Medical Copy Editors bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $61K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,580

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Medical Copy Editors will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+14 percent). Bridgewater is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent.

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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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