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Medical Writer Salary

Medical Writers in the United States take home approximately $73K per year on average. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Medical Writers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Medical Writers survey respondents are women (78 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$49,101 - $114,186
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $72,524
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$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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Survey results show that Medical Writers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Editing, Project Management, and Medical writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Grant Writing and Clinical Research. Clinical Research and Technical Writing are also commonly seen together.

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 $80K. Medical Writers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $92K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $83K.

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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

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%