Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

One-half of Medical Copy Editors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $34K to $86K per year, but median earnings come to around $63K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Medical Copy Editors report high levels of job satisfaction. While about a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Female Medical Copy Editors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,615 - $85,238
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$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,179
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$14.37 - $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$45,615 - $85,238  
   
Bonus
$1,968 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$34,036 - $85,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $45.00  
   
Overtime
$7.55 - $58.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,968 - $9,787  
   
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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$34,036 - $85,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

Pay by Experience for a Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 38 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 34 salaries. A Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 12 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,917

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

For Medical Copy Editors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+26 percent) and Chicago (+16 percent). Medical Copy Editors in Bridgewater report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Key Stats for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

▲17%

▲15%

▲12%

National Average
$55,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$55,000

▼5%

▼8%

Copywriting
▼20%

Medical Terminology
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 25%
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