Average Proofreader Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Proofreader is $17.61.
MEDIAN $17.61
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $30
$203 - $5,045
Profit Sharing
$0 - $6,000
Total Pay
$25,810 - $64,416

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Job Description for Proofreader

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Proofreader

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Editorial Assistant
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

Proofreader Job Listings

Popular Skills for Proofreader

Skills in Copywriting and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include English Language, Editing and Proofreading.

Pay by Experience Level for Proofreader

An entry-level Proofreader with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.30 based on 42 salaries. An early career Proofreader with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.12 based on 230 salaries. A mid-career Proofreader with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.98 based on 105 salaries. An experienced Proofreader with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.37 based on 153 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Employees with Proofreader in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 53.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (47.9% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (39.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (20.5% less) and Austin, Texas (8.0% less).

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