Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

Median pay for Medical Copy Editors in the United States is around $56K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (86 percent) of Medical Copy Editors who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction for Medical Copy Editors is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,190 - $81,094
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,588
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$13.77 - $40.00
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$14
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,190 - $81,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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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$32,451 - $82,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$19.84 - $41.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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).
)
$32,451 - $82,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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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Survey takers who work as 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. Aptitude in Editing tends to also indicate an understanding of Proofreading.

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 $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $61K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,580

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

Home to some of the best pay for Medical Copy Editors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Bridgewater, 16 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

Copywriting
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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