Proofreader Salary

The average Proofreader in the United States earns approximately $19.17 per hour. Total cash compensation for Proofreaders runs from $26K to $63K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although a majority have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, approximately two in five claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Proofreaders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Proofreaders (68 percent) who took the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Read More
$29,475 - $60,540
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,444
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.95 - $30.47
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,475 - $60,540  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,996  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $6,904  
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).
)
$25,824 - $62,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $30.47  
   
Overtime
$17.96 - $36.48  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,996  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $6,904  
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).
)
$25,824 - $62,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Proofreaders' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Copywriter. On average, Copywriters get paid about the same as Proofreaders do.

Proofreader Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Proofreader


Proofreaders report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Copywriting, Proofreading, and Editing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those who know Editing also know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. Proofreaders see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Proofreaders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


Proofreaders in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston — eastern regions — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Buffalo, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Washington and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries


National Average
$40,000

Proofreading
up arrow 1%

Editing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 40%
ADVERTISEMENT