Proofreader Salary

Pay for Proofreaders in the United States sits in the ballpark of $17.58 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Proofreaders (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by roughly one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,749 - $65,758
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$66K
MEDIAN: $42,676
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$11.79 - $29.33
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MEDIAN: $17.58
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$0$65K
Salary $29,749 - $65,758
Bonus $255.32 - $4,035
Total Pay (?
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$26,199 - $63,094
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 134
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $11.79 - $29.33
Overtime $14.79 - $37.25
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $255.32 - $4,035
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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$26,199 - $63,094
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 251

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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

  • Ensure that all editorial changes have been inputed properly.
  • Assist in light copyediting.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Proofreader


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Proofreaders may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Copywriter, which pays $43K on average annually.

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Popular Skills for Proofreader


Survey takers who work as Proofreaders typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Copywriting, Editing, and Proofreading can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Proofreading and Editing. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed in Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

Pay by Experience for a Proofreader has a positive trend. An entry-level Proofreader with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 188 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Proofreader with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 100 salaries. An experienced Proofreader which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 120 salaries. A Proofreader with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 61 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,419

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Proofreaders in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington — all eastern cities in the United States — make more than the national average for those in this profession. They also represent the three highest-paid locations for Proofreaders in this country. Proofreaders in Buffalo take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 30 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (29 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (10 percent lower).

Proofreader Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Proofreader?

Proofreader in Paducah:
Pros: Our team is good and I am getting increased flexibility in what I work on.
Cons: I hate sitting still for multiple hours a day.

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Key Stats for Proofreader

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries

▲23%

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$39,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$39,000

▼1%

▼3%

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 39%
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