Medical Writer Salary

The average Medical Writer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $72K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Medical Writers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Medical Writers making up 79 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,511 - $112,156
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,075
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$15.72 - $94.15
(Median)
$16
$31
$94
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,511 - $112,156  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,920  
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
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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$46,291 - $122,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $94.15  
   
Overtime
$23.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
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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$46,291 - $122,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Medical Writer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, and Medical writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Grant Writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Clinical Research are, more often than not, also skilled in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Writer

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $68K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $82K. For Medical Writers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Medical Writers report making only $83K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,500

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, 35 percent above the national average. Medical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Deerfield (+12 percent), and Raleigh (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Cincinnati Medical Writers earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Canton (26 percent lower) and Indianapolis (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Medical Writer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 14%


National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Medical Writer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 29%

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Medical writing
up arrow 11%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$73,000

Clinical Research
up arrow 1%

Editing
up arrow 2%

Grant Writing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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