An average Medical Writer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $71K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Medical Writers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,416 - $111,533
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$17.09 - $98.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,416 - $111,533  
   
Bonus
$998 - $17,362  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$46,920 - $129,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$17.09 - $98.38  
   
Overtime
$86.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$998 - $17,362  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$46,920 - $129,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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 Employer Salaries for Medical Writer


The biggest paychecks can be found at Abbott Laboratories — the median salary there is $85K.

Employees at Baxter Healthcare Corporation take home the smallest paychecks, and $82K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $79K and quickly nearing the top at only $85K.

Popular Skills for Medical Writer


Survey results show that Medical Writers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 34 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Grant Writing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people experienced in Clinical Research also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Writer

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


For many Medical Writers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $70K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $83K. On average, Medical Writers make $98K following one to two decades on the job. Medical Writers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,490

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Medical Writers, Cambridge provides a pay rate that is 69 percent greater than the national average. Medical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+41 percent), Deerfield (+12 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Canton Medical Writers earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Raleigh and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Medical Writer Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Medical Writer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 39%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 34%


Medical writing
up arrow 11%

Clinical Research
up arrow 2%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$72,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Grant Writing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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