Medical Writer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Medical Writer is $70,952 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Medical Writer Total Pay (?
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$48,549 - $111,691
(Median)
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110K
MEDIAN: $70,951
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Medical Writer Total Pay (?
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$15.65 - $94.06
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,549 - $111,691  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,033  
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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$47,027 - $124,322  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.65 - $94.06  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $141.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,033  
   
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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$47,027 - $124,322  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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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
Cambridge
up arrow 24%
San Diego
up arrow 24%
Raleigh
up arrow 17%
Deerfield
up arrow 13%
Philadelphia
up arrow 5%
Chicago
up arrow 5%
New York
up arrow 1%
National Average
$72,000
San Francisco
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Boston
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Experience Affects Medical Writer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 30%
Late-Career
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$72,000

Skills That Affect Medical Writer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 8%
Research Analysis
up arrow 7%
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%
National Average
$72,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 2%
Clinical Research
up arrow 9%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%
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