Proofreader Salary

Proofreaders in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.43 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and slightly less than half receive dental plans. The vast majority of Proofreaders (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,869 - $62,842
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$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $42,313
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$11.64 - $29.30
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MEDIAN: $17.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,869 - $62,842  
   
Bonus
$487.09 - $4,015  
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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$26,294 - $61,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $29.30  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $36.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$487.09 - $4,015  
   
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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$26,294 - $61,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 247

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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


Proofreaders note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Copywriting, Editing, and Proofreading 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.


For Proofreaders, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Proofreaders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. 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

National Average: $39,013

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

With a pay rate for Proofreaders that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Richmond offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Proofreaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), and New York (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 32 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Buffalo and Pittsburgh (30 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Proofreader

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries

▲21%

▲19%

▲5%

National Average
$39,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries

Copywriting
▼0%

National Average
$39,000

▼1%

▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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