Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

Pay for Medical Copy Editors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $62K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just over a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a strong majority claim dental coverage as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$41,217 - $84,713
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$62K
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MEDIAN: $62,212
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$14.32 - $53.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,217 - $84,713  
   
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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$34,145 - $85,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$7.60 - $58.66  
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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$34,145 - $85,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $51K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,754

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

For Medical Copy Editors, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+28 percent) and Chicago (+18 percent). Bridgewater ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

▲20%

▲17%

▲14%

National Average
$54,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$54,000

▼3%

▼6%

Copywriting
▼18%

Medical Terminology
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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