Freelance Writer Salary

A Freelance Writer earns an average wage of $24.70 per hour. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Technical Writing and writing.

$14,990 - $78,523
$15K
$36K
$79K
MEDIAN: $35,825
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50%
90%

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$10.33 - $54.81
$10
$25
$55
MEDIAN: $24.50
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$0$106K
Salary $14,990 - $78,523
Bonus $270.00 - $32,000
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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$20,853 - $106,107
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 68
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $10.33 - $54.81
Overtime $20.00
Annual Data $0$106K
Bonus $270.00 - $32,000
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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$20,853 - $106,107
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 232

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Job Description for Freelance Writer

Freelance writers work for a variety of clients to produce editorial, advertising, marketing, and other written materials. As independent contractors, freelancers typically work from a home office, but they may also work from libraries, coffee shops, or other spaces. Because their clients vary, freelance writers work for a variety of supervisors, most often for editors. They typically work alone, but may occasionally coordinate with photographers, art or graphic designers, and fellow writers, among others.

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Freelance Writer Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Writer

Pay by Experience for a Freelance Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Freelance Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 169 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Freelance Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 84 salaries. An experienced Freelance Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 58 salaries. A Freelance Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,751

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Freelance Writer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Freelance Writer?

Freelance Writer in Dallas:
"Freedom of where to work but no room for growth."
Pros: Freedom of where to work.
Cons: Feel like I'm treated like a second-class citizen sometimes.

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Key Stats for Freelance Writer

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Freelance Writer Salaries

▲101%

▲43%

▲11%

National Average
$48,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Technical Writing
▲66%

writing
▲31%

▲6%


National Average
$48,000

▼10%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
▼13%

▼16%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 7%
dental benefits
Dental: 3%
vision benefits
Vision: 3%
no benefits
None: 92%
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