Freelance Writer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Freelance Writer is $25.43 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Freelance Writer Salary (?
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$15,319 - $91,366
(Median)
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59K
91K
MEDIAN: $37,057
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Freelance Writer Salary (?
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$11.85 - $60.74
(Median)
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48
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$15,319 - $91,366  
   
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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$23,309 - $112,193  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $60.74  
   
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).
)
$23,309 - $112,193  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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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

San Francisco
up arrow 69%
Los Angeles
up arrow 60%
Seattle
up arrow 53%
New York
up arrow 5%
National Average
$51,000
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Experience Affects Freelance Writer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 85%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Online Research
up arrow 2%
Editing
0%
National Average
$51,000
Copywriting
up arrow 2%
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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