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Proofreader Salary

Pay for Proofreaders in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.95 per hour. Total cash compensation to Proofreaders approaches anywhere from $25K 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 and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While nearly two in five report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. The majority of Proofreaders (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Proofreaders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,593 - $61,206
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,218
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$11.75 - $30.29
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$29,593 - $61,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
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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$25,448 - $62,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $30.29  
   
Overtime
$17.36 - $36.40  
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 - $1,991  
   
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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$25,448 - $62,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356

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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 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.

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Popular Skills for Proofreader


Job skills reported by Proofreaders are limited. Those who have experience with Copywriting, Proofreading, and Editing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people 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.


For many Proofreaders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. Proofreaders see a median salary of $46K 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 $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Proofreaders, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Proofreaders will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+15 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries


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$40,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 41%
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