Okay, so we know what a proofreader is and what a proofreader does but before we can address the subject of how to become a proofreader (our next post), you probably want to know whether or not it’s worthwhile becoming a proofreader, at all. In other words, you’re asking yourself one of the following questions or a variation thereon:
How much do proofreaders charge?
How much do proofreaders earn?
Is it possible to earn a living as a proofreader?
Hopefully, the piece of information below from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders will help.
Recommended minimum charges per hour for freelance proofreaders:
Proofreading £20.25 ($32.85)*
Copy-editing £21.80 ($35.37)
On-screen copy-editing £23.65 ($38.37)
Substantial editing, rewriting, development editing £27.30 ($44.29)
Project management £29.40 ($47.70)
*All US Dollar amounts are based on the exchange rate on 11th June 2011.
I think that answers your question. Obviously, you can expect to earn less for full-time, permanent positions. This is one of the reasons The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course encourages its readers to pursue the freelance route. The other reason is that, in my experience, the freelance route is one of the best paths to permanent employment. When I was an Operations Manager working in the Publishing Department of one of the UK’s largest mail order and online retailers, every proofreader I interviewed and employed started off as a freelancer.
But we’re starting to get into the area of how to become a proofreader, and that’s the subject of our next Proofreading 101 blog post.
Until next time...