A Screen Writer earns an average salary of $80,000 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$24,658 - $202,735
$25K
$80K
$200K
MEDIAN: $80,000
10%
50%
90%

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$15.00 - $50.00
$25
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$24,658 - $202,735  
   
Bonus
$25,000  
Total Pay (?
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$20,820 - $229,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$25.00  
   
Overtime
$21.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$25,000  
   
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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$20,820 - $229,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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Job Description for Screen Writer

Screenwriters work primarily in the film and television industries and write screenplays for films, television programs, video games, and other outlets. They may write films from scratch or based on novels or real-life events, or episodes of established television shows with familiar characters, locations, and situations. Some may need to follow particular formats for presenting screenplays, especially those writing for television.

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Key Stats for Screen Writer

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
29%
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Experience Affects Screen Writer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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