Wages & Outlook
Wages vary by employer and area of the country. In general, proofreaders who work in large cities earn more than those who work in small towns.
Benefits also vary by employer. Full-time proofreaders may receive typical benefits such as paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance.
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In Minnesota, about 632 proofreaders work in this small occupation.
- Banks and credit unions
- Newspapers, magazines, and book publishers
- Commercial printing and business forms companies
A major reason for the lack of growth in this occupation is that desktop publishing is becoming more common. Most documents have been spell-checked by a computer before they are given to proofreaders to check. While all information must still be read, proofreaders are likely to spend less time finding and correcting spelling errors. In addition, when proofreading is done on a computer, workers often can check information more quickly. Therefore, more work can be done by one proofreader than in the past.
Regardless of the rate of growth, jobs openings will occur as current proofreaders change jobs or leave the field. Most new jobs will occur at temporary worker agencies.