Proofreader Salary

Median pay for Proofreaders in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.96 per hour. Total cash compensation to Proofreaders bottoms out near $26K and approaches $62K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Most Proofreaders like their work and job satisfaction is high. More than half of Proofreaders (67 percent) survey participants are women. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,730 - $60,258

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$11.88 - $30.42

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,730 - $60,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
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).
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$25,823 - $62,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $30.42  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $36.44  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
   
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).
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$25,823 - $62,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359
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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 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. Most people familiar with Editing also know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Proofreaders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Proofreaders who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Proofreaders, New York offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Proofreaders will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+14 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Compared to the national average, Buffalo Proofreaders have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Washington and Minneapolis (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries


National Average
$40,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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