Entry-Level Freelance Writer Salary

For Entry-Level Freelance Writers, hourly average wages total $19.79 per hour. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Freelance Writers making up 74 percent. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Freelance Writers is high. Fewer than one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in twenty get vision plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,694 - $60,678
$15K
$31K
$61K
MEDIAN: $31,044
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$9.96 - $41.62
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$42
MEDIAN: $19.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$14,694 - $60,678  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
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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$19,724 - $80,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $41.62  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$5,000  
   
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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$19,724 - $80,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,733

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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Freelance Writers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 8 percent above the national average. Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average.

Freelance Writer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Freelance Writer in Cameron Park:
`"$Avoid Micromanagement."`
I wish I had known that my direct supervisor, the Executive Director, really didn't trust anyone in the organization, no matter how qualified, to do their job so she felt the need to micromanage all aspects of everyone's job. This led to burnout and frustration. Two years after I joined the organization, a nonprofit, not one single person was left there, except the Executive Director, who had been there when I first came.

Key Stats for Freelance Writer

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Copywriting
▲3%

Online Research
▲2%

Editing
▲1%

National Average
$40,000

Blogging
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 7%
dental benefits
Dental: 2%
vision benefits
Vision: 2%
dental benefits
None: 93%
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