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Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

Median pay for Medical Copy Editors in the United States is around $53K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up the vast majority of Medical Copy Editors (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Most Medical Copy Editors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,584 - $77,635
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,993
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50%
90%

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$13.74 - $36.28
(Median)
$14
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,584 - $77,635  
   
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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$32,397 - $79,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $36.28  
   
Overtime
$19.07 - $41.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$32,397 - $79,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Editing, Proofreading, and Copywriting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Copywriting. Most people experienced in Editing also 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 Medical Copy Editors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. On average, Medical Copy Editors make $59K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $60K.

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Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

Editing
up arrow 1%

Proofreading
0%

National Average
$50,000

Copywriting
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 19%
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