Freelance Writer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Freelance Writer is $25.09 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Freelance Writer Total Pay (?
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$19,866 - $90,200
(Median)
20K
37K
58K
90K
MEDIAN: $37,057
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Freelance Writer Total Pay (?
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$11.80 - $58.72
(Median)
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25
46
59
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$19,866 - $90,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,353 - $108,729  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$23,353 - $108,729  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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Job Description for Freelance Writer

  • Write books, websites, manuals, brochures or scripts, conducting research and working with editors.
  • Promote and distribute written documents.
  • Conceptualize novels, books, stories, brochures, manuals, or television shows and create pitches or letters to market them.
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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Writer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
up arrow 69%
Seattle
up arrow 68%
Los Angeles
up arrow 64%
New York
up arrow 16%
National Average
$50,000
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Experience Affects Freelance Writer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 86%
Experienced
up arrow 24%
National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 5%
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%
Editing
up arrow 1%
National Average
$50,000
Online Research
up arrow 13%
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 8% dental benefits Dental: 4%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 92%
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