Proofreader Salary

Proofreaders in the United States take home approximately $19.09 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Proofreaders bottoms out near $26K and approaches $63K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While around two in five report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Most Proofreaders report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Proofreaders (68 percent) survey participants are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,456 - $60,867
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,398
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$11.89 - $30.34
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$29,456 - $60,867  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,996  
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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$25,701 - $62,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $30.34  
   
Overtime
$17.65 - $36.44  
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 - $1,996  
   
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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$25,701 - $62,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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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.

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Proofreaders may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Copywriter. Copywriters on average make about as much as Proofreaders do.

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Popular Skills for Proofreader


Survey results show that Proofreaders typically report just a few professional 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.


Proofreaders with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $42K. Proofreaders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Proofreaders, New York provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Proofreaders will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+14 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), Philadelphia (+11 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Proofreaders in Buffalo earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Washington (12 percent less) and Minneapolis (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries


National Average
$40,000

Proofreading
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 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: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 41%
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