Proofreader Salary (United States)

Salaries for Proofreaders in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $19.04 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.36 per hour on the low end to $30.22 on the high end. Overall cash income ranges from $28,812 near the bottom to $60,513) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $1,963 from bonuses and $6,953 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While 45 percent report receiving no health benefits, 55 percent do receive medical coverage, and 41 percent have dental, as well. The majority of Proofreaders (69 percent) are female. Job satisfaction for Proofreaders is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Proofreader Salary (?
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$28,812 - $60,513
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MEDIAN: $39,280
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Proofreader Salary (?
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$11.36 - $30.22
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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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As Proofreaders make advancements in their career path, salaries do not necessarily change. Those in less important roles often earn amounts similar to those in higher-end positions, such as Copywriter.

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Popular Skills for Proofreader

Typical Proofreaders report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Copywriting can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 11 percent more than the national average, respectively. 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.
Proofreaders with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. New salaries start at $35K and reach $42K in five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $46K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Proofreaders encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $47K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent 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 18 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Boston
up arrow 19%
Philadelphia
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Washington
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Los Angeles
up arrow 12%
Chicago
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National Average
$40,000
Minneapolis
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For Proofreaders, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average. 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
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National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries

Copywriting
up arrow 11%
Proofreading
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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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