Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

Medical Copy Editors in the United States pull down an average of $53K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Medical Copy Editors (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$36,250 - $78,627
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,458
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90%

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$13.95 - $38.63
(Median)
$14
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,250 - $78,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,098  
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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$32,894 - $80,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.95 - $38.63  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $40.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,098  
   
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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$32,894 - $80,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Medical Copy Editors who took the survey. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $44K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Medical Copy Editors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent). In Bridgewater, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Editing
0%

National Average
$50,000

Proofreading
up arrow 1%

Copywriting
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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