Proofreader Salary (United States)

A Proofreader earns an average wage of $18.64 per hour. A skill in Copywriting is associated with high pay for this job.
Proofreader Total Pay (?
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$28,680 - $59,951
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MEDIAN: $38,996
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Proofreader Total Pay (?
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$10.85 - $30.10
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,680 - $59,951  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $1,229  
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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$24,283 - $62,113  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 535
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $30.10  
   
Overtime
$16.71 - $36.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $1,229  
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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$24,283 - $62,113  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 535
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
up arrow 27%
Boston
up arrow 22%
Philadelphia
up arrow 15%
Chicago
up arrow 13%
San Francisco
up arrow 12%
Los Angeles
up arrow 10%
National Average
$39,000
Minneapolis
up arrow 14%
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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries

Copywriting
up arrow 12%
Proofreading
up arrow 2%
Editing
up arrow 1%
National Average
$39,000
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Gender
Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 45%
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