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Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

Median pay for Medical Copy Editors in the United States is around $52K per year. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one-half. Work is enjoyable for Medical Copy Editors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (87 percent) of Medical Copy Editors who took the survey are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$34,821 - $76,541
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MEDIAN: $52,222
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$13.54 - $35.89
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,821 - $76,541  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,125  
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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$31,746 - $77,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.54 - $35.89  
   
Overtime
$18.26 - $41.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,125  
   
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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$31,746 - $77,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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Popular Skills for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader


Medical Copy Editors note just a narrow range of job skills. Proofreading and Editing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Copywriting. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $44K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Copy Editors make a median salary of $59K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $58K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Proofreading
up arrow 4%

Editing
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Copywriting
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%