There are currently an estimated 14,200 proofreaders in the United States. The proofreader job market is expected to grow by 1.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are proofreaders?

CareerExplorer rates proofreaders with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,100 proofreaders. That number is based on 200 additional proofreaders, and the retirement of 6,900 existing proofreaders.

What’s the supply of proofreaders?

The proofreader industry is concentrated in California, New York, Illinois

Proofreader job market by state

State Name Employed Proofreaders
California 1,760
New York 1,550
Illinois 460
New Jersey 420
Michigan 400
Pennsylvania 390
Massachusetts 360
Minnesota 360
Virginia 300
Maryland 290
Texas 280
Washington 280
Florida 260
Iowa 240
Arizona 200
Wisconsin 170
Nebraska 140
Indiana 130
Tennessee 120
Missouri 110
Colorado 90
District of Columbia 90
Connecticut 90
Kansas 80
North Carolina 70
Utah 60
Kentucky 60
Idaho 60
Oregon 50
New Hampshire 50
Nevada 50
Wyoming 40
Louisiana 40
Arkansas 40
Maine 40
Montana 30