Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

The average Medical Copy Editor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $53K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical Copy Editors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,376 - $78,295
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,458
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$13.95 - $38.63
(Median)
$14
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,376 - $78,295  
   
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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$32,998 - $80,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.95 - $38.63  
   
Overtime
$18.68 - $40.37  
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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$32,998 - $80,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Medical Copy Editors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


For Medical Copy Editors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $54K. Medical Copy Editors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. Medical Copy Editors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Medical Copy Editors that is 20 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+11 percent). In Bridgewater, salaries are 14 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 17%

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
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 19%
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