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Proofreader Salary

Earnings for Proofreaders in the United States come in at around $18.95 per hour on average. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Proofreaders spread between $26K and $63K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Female Proofreaders survey participants are more prevalent than men — 69 percent of professionals. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,652 - $61,016
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,304
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$11.79 - $30.31
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$19
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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
$29,652 - $61,016  
   
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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$25,554 - $62,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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
$11.79 - $30.31  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $36.45  
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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$25,554 - $62,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354

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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. Most people skilled in Editing are similarly competent in Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

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


For Proofreaders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


Proofreaders will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Proofreaders will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+15 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Washington and Buffalo (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries


National Average
$40,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

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: 59% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 40%
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