A Freelance Writer earns an average wage of $24.24 per hour. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Technical Writing, writing, and Copywriting.

$14,168 - $76,340
(Median)
$14K
$38K
$76K
MEDIAN: $37,721
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90%

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$10.17 - $51.04
(Median)
$10
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$14,168 - $76,340  
   
Bonus
$40.85 - $19,574  
Commission
$8,500  
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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$20,356 - $103,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $51.04  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$40.85 - $19,574  
   
Commission
$8,500  
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).
)
$20,356 - $103,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 215
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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: $45,501

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Experience Affects Freelance Writer Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 37%

writing
up arrow 23%


National Average
$46,000

Online Research
up arrow 4%

up arrow 7%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 9%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 15%

up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 10%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 89%
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