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Proofreaders and Copy Markers Salary Information

The salary statistics of proofreaders and copy markers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of proofreaders and copy markers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The proofreaders and copy markers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Proofreaders and Copy Markers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,700
25th Percentile Wage
$28,820
50th Percentile Wage
$37,550
75th Percentile Wage
$49,580
90th Percentile Wage
$61,480

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for proofreaders and copy markers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) proofreaders and copy markers is $61,480. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,700. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 170% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of proofreaders and copy markers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$37,550
1.57% 12.70%
2016
$36,960
3.60% -
2015
$35,630
1.82% -
2014
$34,980
5.29% -
2013
$33,130
1.06% -
2012
$32,780
- -

Table 2. Proofreaders and Copy Markers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of proofreaders and copy markers in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for proofreaders and copy markers occupations is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $48,380. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $31,840).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,380
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,280
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$42,710
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$42,120
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$40,370
Manufacturing
$38,280
Retail Trade
$37,980
Educational Services
$37,840
Federal, State, and Local Government
$37,560
Wholesale Trade
$37,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,990
Information
$34,280
Finance and Insurance
$33,000
Transportation and Warehousing
$31,840

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Proofreaders and Copy Markers by States

From the above tables we note that not only proofreaders and copy markers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of proofreaders and copy markers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,450 to $48,510. The highest paying state for proofreaders and copy markers is Illinois with a median annual salary of $48,510. The lowest paying state is New Mexico with a median annual salary of $19,450. For more salary information of proofreaders and copy markers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Illinois
$48,510
Maryland
$48,230
Nevada
$47,920
District of Columbia
$47,560
New York
$45,590
North Carolina
$45,280
Oregon
$44,640
Utah
$42,430
Washington
$41,360
Wisconsin
$41,280
Arizona
$40,100
South Carolina
$39,600
New Hampshire
$38,860
Colorado
$38,400
New Jersey
$38,270
Arkansas
$37,760
Massachusetts
$37,420
California
$37,240
Kentucky
$36,910
Michigan
$35,380
Virginia
$35,240
Minnesota
$34,810
Texas
$34,700
Missouri
$34,090
Connecticut
$33,950
Louisiana
$33,920
Indiana
$33,920
Pennsylvania
$33,210
Florida
$32,420
Nebraska
$32,190
Vermont
$31,900
Kansas
$31,760
Oklahoma
$31,140
Montana
$30,800
Tennessee
$30,040
Maine
$29,130
Ohio
$28,790
Iowa
$27,920
West Virginia
$27,550
Mississippi
$26,790
Georgia
$25,470
Alabama
$24,590
Idaho
$23,950
North Dakota
$23,860
Wyoming
$20,540
New Mexico
$19,450



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