Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salary

Medical Copy Editors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — a little more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $33K to $87K per year, median earnings come to $64K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Medical Copy Editors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Copy Editors making up 71 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,767 - $87,152
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$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $63,298
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$14.03 - $35.75
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$0$87K
Salary $48,767 - $87,152
Bonus $1,969 - $5,182
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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$34,153 - $87,383
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 52
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $14.03 - $35.75
Overtime $14.25 - $58.36
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $1,969 - $5,182
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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$34,153 - $87,383
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

Job Description for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Medical copy editors/proofreaders are employed primarily by companies in the health care industry. Most companies are searching for applicants who have a Bachelor's degree in English or a life science-related field, though a Master's degree is often preferred. Companies also prefer experienced applicants who have worked as editors/proofreaders in another firm, such as advertising, pharmaceutical, etc. If one is applying as an English major, he/she should have experience working as an editor in a medical company.

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Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Tasks

  • Correct grammar and spelling.
  • Check documents and other items for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy.
  • Check text to ensure copy is well written and logically structured.
  • Check facts and ask questions to the author.
  • Ensure that text agrees with the approved style.

Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Pay by Experience for a Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 38 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 34 salaries. A Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 12 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,654

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Medical Copy Editors, 34 percent higher than the national average. Medical Copy Editors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+23 percent) and Chicago (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Bridgewater Medical Copy Editors have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Key Stats for Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

▲18%

▲15%

▲12%

National Average
$55,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Medical Copy Editor / Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$55,000

▼5%

▼8%

Copywriting
▼19%

Medical Terminology
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 26%