Entry-Level Freelance Writer Salary

Entry-Level Freelance Writers take home an average $19.87 per hour. Less than one-tenth claim medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in twenty get vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Freelance Writers. Female Entry-Level Freelance Writers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,694 - $60,678
$15K
$31K
$61K
MEDIAN: $30,519
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$10.00 - $44.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$14,694 - $60,678  
   
Bonus
$6,500  
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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$19,987 - $84,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $44.85  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$6,500  
   
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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$19,987 - $84,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,174

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Freelance Writers, 6 percent higher than the national average. In Los Angeles, salaries are 5 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.

Key Stats for Freelance Writer

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Online Research
▲1%

Copywriting
▲1%

Editing
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Blogging
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 6%
dental benefits
Dental: 2%
vision benefits
Vision: 2%
no benefits
None: 94%
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