Medical Writer Salary

The average Medical Writer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $71K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Writers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,451 - $108,370
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$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,030
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$19.07 - $101.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,451 - $108,370  
   
Bonus
$993 - $17,114  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$48,249 - $130,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 398
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.07 - $101.16  
   
Overtime
$90.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$993 - $17,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$48,249 - $130,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for Medical Writer

A medical writer usually works at a pharmaceutical company, health services provider, medical equipment company, or a related organization. They write manuals, training materials, or educational papers and positions related to their organization’s specific field.

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Medical Writer Tasks

  • Research, write and edit clinical documents like protocols, research papers, analysis plans and consent forms.
  • Collaborate with experts and stakeholders to write appropriately.
  • Explain revisions, gaps and project goals, including time line revisions.
  • Review, synthesize, interpret and summarize data and research papers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Writer


Medical Writers flock to Abbott Laboratories for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $85K lead the pack in compensation.

Baxter Healthcare Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $82K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $79K to $85K.

Popular Skills for Medical Writer


Survey results imply that Medical Writers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 69 percent, 33 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Grant Writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people who know Clinical Research also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Writer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Medical Writers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $70K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Writers make a median salary of $97K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $132K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,952

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

Home to some of the best pay for Medical Writers, Cambridge offers exceptional salaries, 68 percent above the national average. Medical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+32 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Deerfield (+12 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Medical Writers in Canton take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Raleigh and Indianapolis (18 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Medical Writer

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Medical Writer Salaries

▲81%

▲33%

▲16%

National Average
$73,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Medical Writer Salaries

Project Management
▲69%

Regulatory Compliance
▲33%


Medical writing
▲10%



Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼0%

National Average
$73,000

▼1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼2%

Grant Writing
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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