Proofreaders in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.66 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. Women account for the majority of Proofreaders who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. Most Proofreaders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,786 - $62,632
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$63K
MEDIAN: $41,927
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$11.88 - $29.76
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,786 - $62,632  
   
Bonus
$485.33 - $4,035  
Total Pay (?
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$26,719 - $62,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $29.76  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $35.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$485.33 - $4,035  
   
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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$26,719 - $62,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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 who become Copywriters may see a small rise in pay. On average, Copywriters earn $43K per year.

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Popular Skills for Proofreader


Typical Proofreaders report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Editing, Copywriting, and Proofreading can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Proofreading. Those proficient in Editing are, more often than not, also skilled in Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

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


Proofreaders with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Proofreaders make $46K following one to two decades on the job. 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: $39,314

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

For Proofreaders, Richmond provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Proofreaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+22 percent), Washington (+22 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 33 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Buffalo (30 percent less) and Pittsburgh (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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