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.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,851 - $85,794  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $9,933  
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$34,736 - $84,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $30.81  
   
Overtime
$26.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,007 - $9,933  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,736 - $84,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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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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

National Average: $56,500

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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.

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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
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National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$56,000

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Copywriting
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Medical Terminology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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