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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an editor/proofreader. For example, did you know that they make an average of $29.34 an hour? That's $61,036 a year!

What Does an Editor/Proofreader Do

There are certain skills that many editor/proofreaders have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed good judgment, creativity and interpersonal skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an editor/proofreader, we found that a lot of resumes listed 20.4% of editor/proofreaders included grammar, while 12.4% of resumes included web content, and 7.2% of resumes included online. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the editor/proofreader job title. But what industry to start with? Most editor/proofreaders actually find jobs in the technology and media industries.

How To Become an Editor/Proofreader

If you're interested in becoming an editor/proofreader, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 51.2% of editor/proofreaders have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 28.2% of editor/proofreaders have master's degrees. Even though most editor/proofreaders have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an editor/proofreader. When we researched the most common majors for an editor/proofreader, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on editor/proofreader resumes include associate degree degrees or doctoral degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an editor/proofreader. In fact, many editor/proofreader jobs require experience in a role such as editor. Meanwhile, many editor/proofreaders also have previous career experience in roles such as writer and editor or proofreader.

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Average Salary$61,036

Editor/Proofreader Jobs

Editor/Proofreader Career Paths

Top Careers Before Editor/Proofreader

Editor
13.7 %

Top Careers After Editor/Proofreader

Editor
17.3 %

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Average Salary for an Editor/Proofreader

Editor/Proofreaders in America make an average salary of $61,036 per year or $29 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $92,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $40,000 per year.
Average Salary
$61,036

Best Paying Cities

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Seasonal Proofreaders/Editors
Seasonal Proofreaders/Editors
State of Virginia
State of Virginia
06/28/2020
06/28/2020
$43,82706/28/2020
$43,827
Editor/Proofreader
Editor/Proofreader
The Creative Group
The Creative Group
12/31/2019
12/31/2019
$41,74012/31/2019
$41,740
Editor/Proofreader
Editor/Proofreader
Robert Half
Robert Half
12/21/2019
12/21/2019
$41,74012/21/2019
$41,740
Editor/Proofreader
Editor/Proofreader
Adecco Staffing
Adecco Staffing
10/02/2019
10/02/2019
$37,56610/02/2019
$37,566

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Editor/Proofreader Demographics

Gender

female

64.5 %

male

31.7 %

unknown

3.8 %

Ethnicity

White

63.2 %

Hispanic or Latino

15.5 %

Black or African American

10.2 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7 %

French

15.3 %

Russian

5.6 %
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Editor/Proofreader Education

Majors

English
29.9 %
Writing
17.0 %

Degrees

Bachelors

51.2 %

Masters

28.2 %

Certificate

7.6 %

Top Colleges for Editor/Proofreaders

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$51,832
Enrollment
4,550

2. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

4. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216

5. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

In-State Tuition
$14,184
Enrollment
30,845

6. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

7. Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,465
Enrollment
6,483

8. University of Houston

Houston, TX

In-State Tuition
$8,913
Enrollment
37,291

9. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

In-State Tuition
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

10. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

In-State Tuition
$9,816
Enrollment
21,047
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Top Skills For an Editor/Proofreader

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 20.4% of editor/proofreaders listed grammar on their resume, but soft skills such as good judgment and creativity are important as well.

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Top Editor/Proofreader Employers

1. Creative Group
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$68,080
Editor/Proofreaders Hired: 
5+
2. Innodata
3.5
Avg. Salary: 
$86,047
Editor/Proofreaders Hired: 
4+
3. Aquent
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$74,947
Editor/Proofreaders Hired: 
4+
4. Contractors
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$58,313
Editor/Proofreaders Hired: 
4+
5. Educational Testing Service
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$47,286
Editor/Proofreaders Hired: 
3+
6. UNIVERSITY Of Nevada Las Vegas
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$40,427
Editor/Proofreaders Hired: 
3+

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Updated October 2, 2020