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Medical Writer Salary

The average Medical Writer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $72K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Medical Writers survey respondents are women (77 percent). Job satisfaction for Medical Writers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,321 - $113,788
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,430
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$15.49 - $93.48
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,321 - $113,788  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,311  
Profit Sharing
$4.30 - $5,896  
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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$48,097 - $124,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.49 - $93.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $141.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,311  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.30 - $5,896  
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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$48,097 - $124,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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


Medical Writers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, and Medical writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Grant Writing, Editing, and Clinical Research. Those familiar with Clinical Research also tend to know Research Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Writer

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $69K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $80K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Writers make a median salary of $98K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $85K on average.

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Experience Affects Medical Writer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%


National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Medical Writer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 25%

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Medical writing
up arrow 10%

Research Analysis
0%

National Average
$73,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%


Editing
up arrow 10%

Grant Writing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%
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