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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

43-9081 Proofreaders and Copy Markers

Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Excludes workers whose primary duty is editing copy. Includes proofreaders of braille.


National estimates for Proofreaders and Copy Markers
Industry profile for Proofreaders and Copy Markers
Geographic profile for Proofreaders and Copy Markers

National estimates for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
5,340 6.8 % $ 22.12 $ 46,010 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.00 $ 16.48 $ 21.12 $ 27.53 $ 29.93
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,120 $ 34,270 $ 43,940 $ 57,260 $ 62,260


Industry profile for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Proofreaders and Copy Markers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Proofreaders and Copy Markers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,280 0.52 $ 17.88 $ 37,180
Business Support Services 640 0.08 $ 18.22 $ 37,900
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 390 0.05 $ 27.75 $ 57,710
Employment Services 350 0.01 $ 26.39 $ 54,880
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 240 0.06 $ 25.11 $ 52,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 1,280 0.52 $ 17.88 $ 37,180
Business Support Services 640 0.08 $ 18.22 $ 37,900
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 240 0.06 $ 25.11 $ 52,220
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 390 0.05 $ 27.75 $ 57,710
Printing and Related Support Activities 130 0.04 $ 16.63 $ 34,590

Top paying industries for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) (8) (8) $ 29.27 $ 60,870
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 120 0.03 $ 28.43 $ 59,140
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $ 28.24 $ 58,740
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 390 0.05 $ 27.75 $ 57,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 210 0.01 $ 26.54 $ 55,200


Geographic profile for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Proofreaders and Copy Markers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Proofreaders and Copy Markers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of proofreaders and copy markers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,080 0.12 3.30 $ 26.38 $ 54,870
California 620 0.04 1.00 $ 26.62 $ 55,370
Texas 330 0.03 0.72 $ 19.76 $ 41,100
Virginia 240 0.06 1.65 $ 21.43 $ 44,570
Pennsylvania 210 0.04 0.98 $ 21.29 $ 44,290


Map of location quotient of proofreaders and copy markers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,080 0.12 3.30 $ 26.38 $ 54,870
District of Columbia 80 0.11 3.03 $ 31.75 $ 66,030
West Virginia 40 0.07 1.75 $ 18.12 $ 37,690
Virginia 240 0.06 1.65 $ 21.43 $ 44,570
Iowa 90 0.06 1.61 $ 23.16 $ 48,180


Map of annual mean wages of proofreaders and copy markers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 80 0.11 3.03 $ 31.75 $ 66,030
California 620 0.04 1.00 $ 26.62 $ 55,370
New York 1,080 0.12 3.30 $ 26.38 $ 54,870
Massachusetts 190 0.06 1.51 $ 25.15 $ 52,310
Iowa 90 0.06 1.61 $ 23.16 $ 48,180



Map of employment of proofreaders and copy markers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,000 0.12 3.05 $ 27.21 $ 56,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 290 0.05 1.32 $ 25.17 $ 52,350
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.07 1.83 $ 25.48 $ 52,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 170 0.06 1.50 $ 27.87 $ 57,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 120 0.06 1.46 $ 19.04 $ 39,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 120 0.04 1.15 $ 23.64 $ 49,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 1.55 $ 22.84 $ 47,500
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.05 1.20 $ 31.04 $ 64,560
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 90 0.02 0.64 $ 21.90 $ 45,560
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 80 0.04 1.06 $ 21.54 $ 44,800


Map of location quotient of proofreaders and copy markers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 40 0.20 5.37 $ 20.33 $ 42,280
Colorado Springs, CO 30 0.12 3.16 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,000 0.12 3.05 $ 27.21 $ 56,590
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.11 2.78 $ 18.33 $ 38,130
Richmond, VA 60 0.09 2.43 $ 20.98 $ 43,630
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 30 0.09 2.33 $ 25.36 $ 52,750
Rochester, NY 30 0.07 1.89 $ 23.40 $ 48,660
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.07 1.83 $ 25.48 $ 52,990
Kansas City, MO-KS 60 0.06 1.62 $ 19.05 $ 39,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 1.55 $ 22.84 $ 47,500


Map of annual mean wages of proofreaders and copy markers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 100 0.05 1.20 $ 31.04 $ 64,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 170 0.06 1.50 $ 27.87 $ 57,970
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,000 0.12 3.05 $ 27.21 $ 56,590
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.07 1.83 $ 25.48 $ 52,990
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 30 0.09 2.33 $ 25.36 $ 52,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 290 0.05 1.32 $ 25.17 $ 52,350
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 1.06 $ 24.58 $ 51,120
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 120 0.04 1.15 $ 23.64 $ 49,160
Rochester, NY 30 0.07 1.89 $ 23.40 $ 48,660
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.06 1.55 $ 22.84 $ 47,500


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022