Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary
The average Medical Copy Editor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $62K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Medical Copy Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. While about a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. More than half of Medical Copy Editors (66 percent) survey participants are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Medical copy editors should have excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, as well as the Adobe creative suite of products. Those in this position usually work in an office environment at a desk and computer, and their main responsibility is to edit and proofread documents while following given guidelines. Because of the nature of the work, they must have strong knowledge of the terminology used and the target audience of the content they edit. They must follow all guidelines set forth by the company and make sure processed documents meet or exceed quality standards.
These editors usually work with a copy manager, though the manager usually will not guide him/her, as it is necessary that they submit quality work without supervision.
Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Tasks
- Correct grammar and spelling.
- Check documents and other items for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy.
- Check text to ensure copy is well written and logically structured.
- Check facts and ask questions to the author.
- Ensure that text agrees with the approved style.
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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Medical Copy Editors make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Medical Copy Editors that is 22 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent) and Chicago (+1 percent). Medical Copy Editors in Bridgewater earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.