Entry-Level Freelance Writer Salary

Entry-Level Freelance Writers can expect to earn an average of $19.73 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Fewer than one in twenty have medical and dental plans, and 1 percent have vision insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,793 - $62,752
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$31K
$63K
MEDIAN: $30,805
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$9.96 - $45.46
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MEDIAN: $19.73
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$0$86K
Salary $14,793 - $62,752
Bonus $6,000
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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$19,902 - $86,411
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 39
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $9.96 - $45.46
Overtime $20.00
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $6,000
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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$19,902 - $86,411
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 141

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,866

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 7 percent, Entry-Level Freelance Writers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. In Los Angeles, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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.

Freelance Writer in Kansas City:
"Poor pay."
No job protection, no benefits, no future.

Key Stats for Freelance Writer

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Copywriting
▲2%

Online Research
▲1%

Editing
▲1%

National Average
$40,000

Blogging
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 5%
dental benefits
Dental: 1%
vision benefits
Vision: 1%
no benefits
None: 95%
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