Proofreader Salary

Proofreaders in the United States can expect wages of $18.35 per hour on average. In the world of Proofreaders, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $63K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Proofreaders make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Most Proofreaders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — roughly two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,350 - $61,522
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,474
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$11.81 - $31.27
(Median)
$12
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,350 - $61,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,011  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,960  
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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$25,683 - $63,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $31.27  
   
Overtime
$17.89 - $36.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,960  
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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$25,683 - $63,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 388
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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


Proofreaders usually report a few specific 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. Proofreaders see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,437

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

For Proofreaders, Richmond provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Proofreaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Portland (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Proofreader's salary, with Buffalo Proofreaders earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent less).

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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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