$42,979
Avg. Salary
$17.55
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,695

Bonus

$6,000

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Proofreader is $17.55 per hour.

The average pay for a Proofreader is $42,979 per year.

$11.89
10%
$17.55
50%
$29.62
90%
MEDIAN $17.55
$30k
10%
$43k
50%
$66k
90%
MEDIAN $42,979
$30,110 - $66,427
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$66K
MEDIAN: $42,979
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$11.89 - $29.62
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$0$66K
Salary $30,110 - $66,427
Bonus $205 - $4,096
Profit Sharing $6,000
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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$26,077 - $63,432
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 239
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $11.89 - $29.62
Hourly Tips $3.13
Overtime $15.59 - $38.71
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $205 - $4,096
Profit Sharing $6,000
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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$26,077 - $63,432
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 431

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
  • Verify correct word breaks and that elements are set according to design specifications.
  • Ensure that all editorial changes have been input properly.
  • Assist in light copyediting.
  • Proof new and existing materials to ensure accurate use of grammar and correct spelling.

Common Career Paths for Proofreader


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Proofreaders sometimes move into a Copywriter role, where the salary is similar.

Proofreader Job Listings

Popular Skills for Proofreader


Proofreaders only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Copywriting, Editing, and Proofreading can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Proofreading and Editing. Most people familiar with Editing also know Copywriting.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

Pay by Experience for a Proofreader has a positive trend. An entry-level Proofreader with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 188 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Proofreader with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 100 salaries. An experienced Proofreader which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 120 salaries. A Proofreader with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 61 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,881

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

For Proofreaders, top-notch salaries can be found in eastern parts of the United States: Philadelphia, New York, and Washington offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Proofreaders in Buffalo earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Pittsburgh (30 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Proofreader Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Proofreader?

Proofreader in Paducah:
Pros: Our team is good and I am getting increased flexibility in what I work on.
Cons: I hate sitting still for multiple hours a day.

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Key Stats for Proofreader

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Experience Affects Proofreader Salaries

▲22%

▲15%

▲4%

National Average
$40,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Proofreader Salaries

National Average
$40,000

▼2%

▼4%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 39%