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How much does a Proofreader make in the United States?

Average Proofreader Hourly Wage in the United States

Proofreaders earn a median hourly wage of $17.13. Hourly wages typically start from $9.87 and go up to $27.83.

Average Proofreader Yearly Salary in the United States

Proofreaders earn a median salary of $35,630 per year. Salaries typically start from $20,530 and go up to $57,880.

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    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • American University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Certificate, Bachelors
    • Catholic University of America | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
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Proofreader Earnings by Seniority

Top End Proofreader Earnings

The highest earning Proofreaders in the United States earn:

$27.83
an hour
$57,880
per year
Senior Proofreader Earnings

Senior Proofreaders in the United States earn:

$22.62
an hour
$47,050
per year
Experienced Proofreader Earnings

Experienced Proofreaders in the United States earn:

$17.13
an hour
$35,630
per year
Junior Proofreader Earnings

Junior Proofreaders in the United States earn:

$12.91
an hour
$26,850
per year
Starting Proofreader Earnings

Starting Proofreaders in the United States earn:

$9.87
an hour
$20,530
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Proofreader salary comparison

Proofreaders earn less than 89% percent of Journalism & Writing careers. Proofreader salaries are in the bottom 84% of all careers in the United States.

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Historical salary for Proofreaders in the United States

Proofreader salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Proofreader Salary in District of Columbia $22.52 $46,840 # 1
Proofreader Salary in Oregon $18.90 $39,300 # 2
Proofreader Salary in Massachusetts $22.51 $46,810 # 3
Proofreader Salary in New York $20.54 $42,710 # 4
Proofreader Salary in Illinois $19.45 $40,460 # 5
Proofreader Salary in Colorado $18.68 $38,850 # 6
Proofreader Salary in North Carolina $21.04 $43,770 # 7
Proofreader Salary in Minnesota $14.84 $30,870 # 8
Proofreader Salary in New Hampshire $17.18 $35,730 # 9
Proofreader Salary in California $16.96 $35,280 # 10
Proofreader Salary in Louisiana $19.78 $41,150 # 11
Proofreader Salary in Maryland $19.41 $40,380 # 12
Proofreader Salary in New Jersey $18.17 $37,780 # 13
Proofreader Salary in Connecticut $17.69 $36,800 # 14
Proofreader Salary in Missouri $16.69 $34,720 # 15
Proofreader Salary in Kentucky $16.66 $34,660 # 16
Proofreader Salary in Virginia $17.64 $36,690 # 17
Proofreader Salary in Washington $17.10 $35,570 # 18
Proofreader Salary in Utah $17.44 $36,280 # 19
Proofreader Salary in Nevada $17.52 $36,430 # 20
Proofreader Salary in Tennessee $15.11 $31,430 # 21
Proofreader Salary in Wisconsin $17.41 $36,210 # 22
Proofreader Salary in Michigan $15.88 $33,040 # 23
Proofreader Salary in Iowa $16.47 $34,260 # 24
Proofreader Salary in Pennsylvania $15.33 $31,900 # 25
Proofreader Salary in Texas $16.52 $34,360 # 26
Proofreader Salary in Florida $15.70 $32,660 # 27
Proofreader Salary in Oklahoma $14.97 $31,140 # 28
Proofreader Salary in Indiana $15.90 $33,060 # 29
Proofreader Salary in Arkansas $14.76 $30,700 # 30
Proofreader Salary in Ohio $13.84 $28,790 # 31
Proofreader Salary in Nebraska $15.33 $31,890 # 32
Proofreader Salary in Georgia $13.93 $28,970 # 33
Proofreader Salary in Kansas $14.01 $29,140 # 34
Proofreader Salary in Idaho $13.20 $27,460 # 35
Proofreader Salary in Mississippi $13.16 $27,370 # 36
Proofreader Salary in North Dakota $11.47 $23,860 # 37
Proofreader Salary in Wyoming $9.35 $19,440 # 38
Proofreader Salary in New Mexico $9.00 $18,720 # 39
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Proofreader

Interested in becoming a Proofreader? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good proofreader? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • American University | Washington, DC
      Offers: Certificate, Bachelors
    • Catholic University of America | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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