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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
6,610 7.5 % $ 21.48 $ 44,670 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.66 $ 15.39 $ 19.78 $ 26.62 $ 31.65
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,340 $ 32,020 $ 41,140 $ 55,380 $ 65,840


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 1,580 0.58 $ 19.00 $ 39,510
Employment Services 720 0.02 $ 25.05 $ 52,100
Business Support Services 640 0.08 $ 19.66 $ 40,880
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 330 0.04 $ 23.92 $ 49,750
Printing and Related Support Activities 290 0.07 $ 17.60 $ 36,600

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 1,580 0.58 $ 19.00 $ 39,510
Business Support Services 640 0.08 $ 19.66 $ 40,880
Printing and Related Support Activities 290 0.07 $ 17.60 $ 36,600
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 280 0.06 $ 26.20 $ 54,490
Other Information Services 190 0.05 $ 22.23 $ 46,250

Top paying industries for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 270 0.02 $ 27.75 $ 57,720
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 30 (7) $ 27.37 $ 56,920
Specialized Design Services 40 0.03 $ 26.85 $ 55,850
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 280 0.06 $ 26.20 $ 54,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises 150 0.01 $ 26.00 $ 54,080


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.





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 1,150 0.13 2.79 $ 25.87 $ 53,810
California 700 0.04 0.90 $ 24.07 $ 50,060
Pennsylvania 450 0.08 1.71 $ 20.79 $ 43,250
New Jersey 280 0.07 1.54 $ 26.33 $ 54,770
Illinois 280 0.05 1.03 $ 22.07 $ 45,900




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 1,150 0.13 2.79 $ 25.87 $ 53,810
District of Columbia 80 0.12 2.58 $ 26.90 $ 55,960
Pennsylvania 450 0.08 1.71 $ 20.79 $ 43,250
Minnesota 210 0.08 1.61 $ 22.08 $ 45,930
Massachusetts 250 0.07 1.55 $ 20.20 $ 42,020




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 0.12 2.58 $ 26.90 $ 55,960
New Jersey 280 0.07 1.54 $ 26.33 $ 54,770
New York 1,150 0.13 2.79 $ 25.87 $ 53,810
California 700 0.04 0.90 $ 24.07 $ 50,060
Connecticut 50 0.03 0.62 $ 22.30 $ 46,390





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 1,120 0.13 2.67 $ 26.98 $ 56,120
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 230 0.08 1.77 $ 24.72 $ 51,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 0.07 1.55 $ 23.11 $ 48,080
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 1.79 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 210 0.05 1.02 $ 23.32 $ 48,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 190 0.03 0.69 $ 26.04 $ 54,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160 0.09 1.83 $ 22.88 $ 47,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 80 0.03 0.67 $ 18.45 $ 38,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 80 0.03 0.59 $ 18.30 $ 38,060
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 80 0.02 0.48 $ 20.27 $ 42,150




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)
Trenton, NJ 40 0.19 4.01 $ 20.58 $ 42,800
Lancaster, PA 30 0.14 2.89 $ 16.73 $ 34,800
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,120 0.13 2.67 $ 26.98 $ 56,120
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 50 0.10 2.15 $ 20.38 $ 42,390
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160 0.09 1.83 $ 22.88 $ 47,600
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 1.79 $ 20.80 $ 43,270
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 230 0.08 1.77 $ 24.72 $ 51,410
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 70 0.08 1.72 $ 21.29 $ 44,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 0.07 1.55 $ 23.11 $ 48,080
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 40 0.06 1.26 $ 21.30 $ 44,310




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,120 0.13 2.67 $ 26.98 $ 56,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 190 0.03 0.69 $ 26.04 $ 54,160
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 24.83 $ 51,640
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 230 0.08 1.77 $ 24.72 $ 51,410
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $ 24.44 $ 50,840
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $ 24.40 $ 50,760
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 40 0.04 0.85 $ 24.18 $ 50,290
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 210 0.05 1.02 $ 23.32 $ 48,510
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 50 0.03 0.55 $ 23.23 $ 48,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 220 0.07 1.55 $ 23.11 $ 48,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 4.77 $ 13.04 $ 27,120

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 4.77 $ 13.04 $ 27,120

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Proofreaders and Copy Markers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 4.77 $ 13.04 $ 27,120


About May 2020 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021