Proofreader Salary

An average Proofreader in the United States can expect to take home roughly $19.12 per hour. Total cash compensation to Proofreaders approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $63K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Proofreaders survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,721 - $61,054
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,121
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$11.74 - $30.52
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$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,721 - $61,054  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,953  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $6,953  
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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$25,505 - $62,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $30.52  
   
Overtime
$17.28 - $36.50  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $6,953  
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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$25,505 - $62,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 351

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Job Description for Proofreader

Proofreaders check the quality and consistency of a written work. They monitor the accuracy in both the text and images, such as with grammar, spelling, page numbers, consistency in typeface, and the table of contents. Proofreaders receive the proofs of a publication just before they are to be published. There should be few errors in the final proof, so if a proofreader spots too many mistakes, they may refer back to the client and copyeditor.

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Proofreader Tasks

  • Proof new and existing materials to ensure accurate use of grammar and correct spelling.
  • Verify correct word breaks and that elements are set according to design specifications.
  • Ensure that all editorial changes have been inputed properly.
  • Assist in light copyediting.

Common Career Paths for Proofreader


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As Proofreaders transition into upper-level roles like Copywriters, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Copywriters earn the same amount as Proofreaders on average.

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Popular Skills for Proofreader


Proofreaders who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Copywriting, Proofreading, and Editing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Editing indicates knowledge of Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

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


Proofreaders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. 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 $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Proofreaders, 18 percent higher than the national average. Proofreaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+15 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries


Proofreading
0%

Editing
0%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 42%