How Much Do Proofreaders and Copy Markers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Proofreaders and Copy Markers

Proofreaders and Copy Markers read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Excludes workers whose primary duty is editing copy. Includes proofreaders of braille.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$44670 per year
Hourly wage
$21 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,340 to $32,020 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Proofreaders and Copy Markers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,340 to $32,020 per year or $13 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Proofreaders and Copy Markers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $32 $65,840
Senior (Top 25%) $27 $55,380
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $41,140
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $32,020
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,340

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $27 $55,960
NJ $26 $54,770
NY $26 $53,810
CA $24 $50,060
CT $22 $46,390
MN $22 $45,930
IL $22 $45,900
OK $22 $45,160
VA $21 $44,360
WA $21 $44,310

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Proofreader and Copy Marker is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Proofreaders and Copy Markers are in the states of DC, NJ, NY, CA and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Legal Services $57720 $27.75
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $56920 $27.37
Specialized Design Services $55850 $26.85
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $54490 $26.20
Management of Companies and Enterprises $54080 $26.00
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $53980 $25.95
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $52400 $25.19
Employment Services $52100 $25.05
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $50450 $24.26
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $49750 $23.92
Religious Organizations $49590 $23.84
Educational Support Services $49310 $23.71
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $47280 $22.73
State Government $46860 $22.53
Other Information Services $46250 $22.23
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $42880 $20.62
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $41390 $19.90
Insurance Carriers $41350 $19.88
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $41250 $19.83
Business Support Services $40880 $19.66
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $40440 $19.44
Software Publishers $39610 $19.04
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $39510 $19.00
Printing and Related Support Activities $36600 $17.60

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