Proofreader Salary

Earnings for Proofreaders in the United States come in at around $18.35 per hour on average. In the world of Proofreaders, overall income ranges from $26K near the bottom to $63K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Proofreaders survey respondents are women (70 percent). While some workers in this profession — roughly two in five — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Proofreaders is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$29,350 - $61,522
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,474
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.81 - $31.27
(Median)
$12
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$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).
)
$25,683 - $63,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $31.27  
   
Overtime
$17.89 - $36.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$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).
)
$25,683 - $63,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 388
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


As Proofreaders transition into upper-level roles like Copywriters, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Copywriters earn the same amount as Proofreaders on average.

Proofreader Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Proofreader


Proofreaders note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Copywriting, Proofreading, and Editing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in 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. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,437

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

Richmond is home to an above-average pay rate for Proofreaders, 22 percent higher than the national average. Proofreaders will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Portland (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Buffalo, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Atlanta and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 11 percent less than the median.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries


National Average
$40,000

Proofreading
up arrow 2%

Editing
up arrow 2%

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%
ADVERTISEMENT