Proofreaders and Copy Markers
SOC: 43-9081.00


Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Includes proofreaders of Braille.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
13,600 employed

Projected (2024):
13,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Assistant Editor
  • Braille Proofreader
  • Checker
  • Clerical Proofreader
  • Content Coordinator
  • Content Editor
  • Copy Coordinator
  • Copy Editor
  • Copy Holder
  • Copy Preparer
  • Copy Reader
  • Copyholder
  • Copyman
  • Copywriter
  • Data Examination Clerk
  • Data Reviewer
  • Desk Editor
  • Digital Content Coordinator
  • Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Format Proofreader
  • News Copy Editor
  • Online Content Coordinator
  • Page Designer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Proofreader
  • Proofer
  • Proofreader
  • Typesetter

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Correct or record omissions, errors, or inconsistencies found.
  • Mark copy to indicate and correct errors in type, arrangement, grammar, punctuation, or spelling, using standard printers' marks.
  • Read corrected copies or proofs to ensure that all corrections have been made.
  • Compare information or figures on one record against same data on other records, or with original copy, to detect errors.
  • Consult reference books or secure aid of readers to check references with rules of grammar and composition.
  • Route proofs with marked corrections to authors, editors, typists, or typesetters for correction or reprinting.
  • Measure dimensions, spacing, and positioning of page elements (copy and illustrations) in order to verify conformance to specifications, using printer's ruler.
  • Read proof sheets aloud, calling out punctuation marks and spelling unusual words and proper names.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Copy machines
  • Inkjet facsimile machines
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Personal computers
  • Printers' rulers
  • Tablet computers
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InCopy
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • After the Deadline
  • Apple Final Cut software
  • Apple iWork Keynote
  • AutoCrit Editing Wizard
  • Avid Technology Media Composer
  • Bugzilla
  • Elite Minds RightWriter
  • File transfer protocol FTP client software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Grammarly Editor
  • HP Autonomy TeamSite
  • Intelligent Editing PerfectIt
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • myWriterTools
  • Pro Writing Aid
  • Quark Xpress
  • Serenity Software Editor
  • Style guide databases
  • Whitesmoke
  • WordPress

  • office and administrative support

    industry stats

    SOC: 43-0000

    Total Employed: 21,846,420

    Average Annual Salary: $36,330