Medical Writer Salary (United States)

Close to three-fifths of Medical Writers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $73,496 per year on average. Pay ranges from $47,852 on the low end to $125,906 per year on the higher side. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 78 percent of workers. For the most part, Medical Writers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Medical Writer Salary (?
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$48,966 - $114,395
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MEDIAN: $72,253
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Medical Writer Salary (?
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$15.53 - $95.83
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$48,966 - $114,395  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,988  
Profit Sharing
$4.30 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
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$47,852 - $125,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $95.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $141.05  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,988  
   
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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$47,852 - $125,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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 suggest that Medical Writers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Editing, Project Management, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 47 percent, 11 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Grant Writing, Clinical Research, and Technical Writing. Technical Writing is a skill commonly found among those who know Clinical Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Writer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Beginning workers can expect to earn $68K starting out, which grows to $81K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $100K. After two decades on the job, Medical Writers' pay actually begins to decline, averaging $84K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 15 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Medical Writers in Cambridge receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Writers will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+16 percent) and Chicago (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Medical Writers in Canton earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Medical Writer Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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$73,000

Skills That Affect Medical Writer Salaries

Editing
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Project Management
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Research Analysis
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$73,000
Technical Writing
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Grant Writing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 16%