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Medical Writer Salary (United States)

A Medical Writer earns an average salary of $72,525 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Editing and Project Management.
Medical Writer Salary (?
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$49,101 - $114,186
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $72,524
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Medical Writer Salary (?
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$15.59 - $95.00
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,101 - $114,186  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,906  
Profit Sharing
$4.30 - $9,826  
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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$47,639 - $125,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $95.00  
   
Overtime
$22.11 - $34.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,906  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.30 - $9,826  
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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$47,639 - $125,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Medical Writer

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
up arrow 27%
Cambridge
up arrow 22%
Raleigh
up arrow 16%
Deerfield
up arrow 11%
Parsippany
up arrow 5%
Philadelphia
up arrow 3%
Princeton
up arrow 1%
New York
0%
Chicago
0%
National Average
$73,000
San Francisco
up arrow 3%
Boston
up arrow 8%
Los Angeles
up arrow 17%
Canton
up arrow 26%
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Experience Affects Medical Writer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%
Late-Career
up arrow 12%
Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$73,000

Skills That Affect Medical Writer Salaries

Editing
up arrow 28%
Project Management
up arrow 12%
Medical writing
up arrow 10%
Research Analysis
up arrow 2%
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 1%
National Average
$73,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 2%
Grant Writing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%