Freelance Writer Salary

The average pay for a Freelance Writer is $28.50 per hour. A skill in Blogging is associated with high pay for this job.

$14,150 - $96,807
(Median)
$14K
$39K
$97K
MEDIAN: $38,782
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90%

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$11.79 - $67.92
(Median)
$12
$28
$68
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$14,150 - $96,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
Commission
$7,000  
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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$21,343 - $117,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $67.92  
   
Overtime
$12.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
   
Commission
$7,000  
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).
)
$21,343 - $117,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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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

  • 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

National Average: $51,471

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Experience Affects Freelance Writer Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Blogging
up arrow 31%

Copywriting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Editing
up arrow 2%

Online Research
up arrow 3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 10%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 10%
dental benefits
Dental: 6%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 90%
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