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Proofreader Salary

Proofreaders in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.09 per hour. Total cash compensation to Proofreaders bottoms out near $25K and approaches $63K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Proofreaders. While some workers in this profession — more than two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Female Proofreaders survey participants are more prevalent than men — 67 percent of professionals. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$29,570 - $61,232
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MEDIAN: $39,986
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$11.70 - $30.51
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,570 - $61,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
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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$25,314 - $63,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $30.51  
   
Overtime
$17.28 - $37.26  
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 - $1,965  
   
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).
)
$25,314 - $63,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 345
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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 sometimes move into a Copywriter role, where the salary is similar.

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Popular Skills for Proofreader


Proofreaders report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Copywriting, Proofreading, and Editing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Editing are, more often than not, also skilled in Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Proofreaders will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Proofreaders will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Philadelphia (+12 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



Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries


Proofreading
0%

National Average
$40,000

Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 42%