How much does a scopist make? How much can I expect to earn as a newbie?

As a beginner, you’ll be much slower at editing than your more experienced peers. Never fear, though — you won’t stay that way if you don’t want to!

You’ll need to establish a clientele that can furnish the amount of pages you need to meet your income goals (our training helps you do this). In your first year, you may only earn $8,000 to $12,000, but as you build your client roster and establish yourself with better and busier writers, an income of $30,000 to $40,000 — even up to $50,000 or more — is realistically within reach.

A realistic figure for a scopist with a fairly steady inflow of work is probably in the $30,000 to $35,000 range and increasing — but we’ve seen quite a few scopists earn even more than that. It all depends on your skills, time management, speed, and of course, how busy your clients are. If your clients aren’t very busy, you can find more! That’s the beauty of being able to work from anywhere.

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