Proofreader Salary (United States)

Proofreaders in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $19.04 per hour. The range in pay spans from $11.36 per hour to $30.22. Residency and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While 45 percent report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and 41 percent have dental, as well. There are more female Proofreaders than male, making up 69 percent of individuals in this profession. Most Proofreaders report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Proofreader Salary (?
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$28,812 - $60,513
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,280
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Proofreader Salary (?
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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$11.36 - $30.22
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,812 - $60,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
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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$24,732 - $62,530  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.36 - $30.22  
   
Overtime
$17.23 - $36.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
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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$24,732 - $62,530  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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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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Proofreaders' salaries tends to stay somewhat level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like Copywriter get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles.

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Popular Skills for Proofreader

Survey takers who work as Proofreaders report a focused set of job skills. Copywriting is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 11 percent. Those familiar with Editing also tend to know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Proofreaders can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. New salaries start at $35K and reach $42K in five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $46K. Salary increase slows as Proofreaders pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $47K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in five. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Boston
up arrow 19%
Philadelphia
up arrow 17%
Washington
up arrow 16%
Los Angeles
up arrow 12%
Chicago
up arrow 6%
National Average
$40,000
Minneapolis
up arrow 14%
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Proofreaders can earn above-average salaries when they head east to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, the three most well-paid cities in the country for Proofreaders. Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis.

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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries

Copywriting
up arrow 11%
Proofreading
up arrow 1%
Editing
0%
National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 45%
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