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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,660
25th Percentile Wage
$28,150
50th Percentile Wage
$36,960
75th Percentile Wage
$48,350
90th Percentile Wage
$60,530

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 $60,530. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,660. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 179% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of proofreaders and copy markers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201636,9603.60%11.31%
201535,6301.82%-
201434,9805.29%-
201333,1301.06%-
201232,780--

Table 2. Proofreaders and Copy Markers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of proofreaders and copy markers in 12 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 $47,630. The lowest paying sector is the information sector (annual salary $33,770).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,630
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,370
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$39,720
Educational Services
$39,470
Manufacturing
$36,960
Wholesale Trade
$36,780
Federal, State, and Local Government
$36,700
Retail Trade
$36,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$36,020
Finance and Insurance
$34,960
Information
$33,770

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 $51,050. The highest paying state for proofreaders and copy markers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $51,050. 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
District of Columbia
$51,050
Maryland
$45,490
New York
$45,240
North Carolina
$44,370
Illinois
$42,420
Oregon
$42,260
Massachusetts
$42,010
Utah
$41,090
South Carolina
$39,600
New Hampshire
$39,180
Colorado
$39,170
Connecticut
$38,860
New Jersey
$38,270
Washington
$37,730
Wisconsin
$37,700
Michigan
$37,080
Nevada
$36,430
Kentucky
$36,420
Minnesota
$36,360
Virginia
$35,770
Arizona
$35,430
California
$34,670
Indiana
$34,620
Florida
$34,200
Texas
$34,070
Vermont
$33,710
Pennsylvania
$33,330
Iowa
$33,200
Missouri
$31,390
Tennessee
$31,190
Kansas
$30,930
Arkansas
$30,060
Nebraska
$30,050
Ohio
$28,790
West Virginia
$27,550
Maine
$27,200
Mississippi
$26,790
Georgia
$25,790
North Dakota
$23,860
Idaho
$23,670
New Mexico
$19,450


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