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I'm looking at the Character Advancement table on pg15 of the 5e Players Handbook. It shows that levels 1-4 have a +2 proficiency bonus each, levels 5-8 are +3 each, etc. I don't know if it is telling me to increase my proficiency bonus by that much at each level or if it is an absolute value.

In other words, suppose I level up to 6. Is my proficiency bonus 3 or 14?

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It gives the total bonus, not the additional bonus per level.

In other words, suppose I level up to 6. Is my proficiency bonus 3 or 14?

It is 3

Page 57 of the System Reference Document 5.1 gives an example:

Your proficiency bonus is always based on your total character level, as shown in the Character Advancement table, not your level in a particular class. For example, if you are a fighter 3/rogue 2, you have the proficiency bonus of a 5th-level character, which is +3.

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