The average pay for a Freelance Writer is $25.19 per hour. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Freelance Writer Total Pay (?
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$19,000 - $93,048
(Median)
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39K
60K
93K
MEDIAN: $38,621
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Freelance Writer Total Pay (?
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$11.80 - $59.18
(Median)
12
25
46
59
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$19,000 - $93,048  
   
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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$23,006 - $112,836  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $59.18  
   
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).
)
$23,006 - $112,836  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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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 66%
Los Angeles
up arrow 63%
Seattle
up arrow 54%
New York
up arrow 13%
National Average
$50,000
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Experience Affects Freelance Writer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 81%
Experienced
up arrow 29%
National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Online Research
up arrow 3%
Technical Writing
up arrow 3%
Editing
up arrow 2%
Copywriting
up arrow 1%
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
up arrow 1%
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 1%
National Average
$50,000
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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
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 8% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 92%
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