Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

The average Medical Copy Editor in the United States earns approximately $53K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Medical Copy Editors are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$36,190 - $78,823

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$13.91 - $38.78

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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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,190 - $78,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,105  
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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$33,288 - $80,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $38.78  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $40.52  
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 - $3,105  
   
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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$33,288 - $80,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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


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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Copywriting. Those familiar with Editing also tend to know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Medical Copy Editors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $53K. Medical Copy Editors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Medical Copy Editors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Medical Copy Editors, New York provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. 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 7%

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 20 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
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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