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Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

For Medical Copy Editors, yearly average wages total $53K annually. Experience level 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. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,080 - $77,972
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,840
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90%

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$13.54 - $35.89
(Median)
$14
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,080 - $77,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$31,983 - $79,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.54 - $35.89  
   
Overtime
$18.19 - $41.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$31,983 - $79,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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 report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Editing, Proofreading, and Copywriting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Editing
up arrow 2%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000

Copywriting
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%