Earnings for Medical Copy Editors in the United States come in at around $61K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a fair number have dental coverage, slightly more than a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Medical Copy Editors survey respondents are women (71 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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$14.35 - $53.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,040 - $84,983  
   
Bonus
$1,980 - $9,863  
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$33,632 - $85,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.35 - $53.33  
   
Overtime
$7.55 - $56.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,980 - $9,863  
   
Total Pay (?
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$33,632 - $85,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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

  • 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 $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $60K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Medical Copy Editors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. Medical Copy Editors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,161

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

For Medical Copy Editors, New York provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+30 percent) and Chicago (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Bridgewater.

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Key Stats for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
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Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$53,000

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Copywriting
up arrow 17%

Medical Terminology
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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