How much does a Proofreader make in the United States? The average Proofreader salary in the United States is $58,016 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $50,908 and $66,262. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Proofreader Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Proofreader Salary $44,436 US March 26, 2024
25th Percentile Proofreader Salary $50,908 US March 26, 2024
50th Percentile Proofreader Salary $58,016 US March 26, 2024
75th Percentile Proofreader Salary $66,262 US March 26, 2024
90th Percentile Proofreader Salary $73,769 US March 26, 2024
25% $50,908 10% $44,436 90% $73,769 75% $66,262 $58,016 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Attention to Detail: Executing and completing a task with a high level of accuracy.


Adobe: A mixture of wet earth and grass made into bricks and dried in the sun, used to build houses. It originated from the oral form of Arabic al-tob, meaning "brick," It is the first materials used to create buildings in the 8th century B.C


Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software and Web services developed by Adobe Inc. to view, create, manipulate, print and manage Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Attention to Detail 5.4%
Adobe 2.01%
Adobe Acrobat 1.54%
Others 91.05%

Job Description for Proofreader

Proofreader proofreads, reviews and edits documents for accurate use of grammar and content. Corrects any grammatical, spelling, typographical, or compositional errors in original copy. Being a Proofreader typically requires an associate degree. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. The Proofreader works independently within established procedures associated with the specific job function. Has gained proficiency in multiple competencies relevant to the job. To be a Proofreader typically requires 3-5 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Proofreader salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Proofreader, the highest Proofreader salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Proofreader salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Proofreader salary is in Miami, FL, where the Proofreader salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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Skills associated with Proofreader: Proofreading, Document Preparation

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