Staff Writer Salary (United States)

A Staff Writer earns an average salary of $39,246 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. A skill in Blogging is associated with high pay for this job.
Staff Writer Salary (?
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$25,095 - $60,310
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MEDIAN: $39,246
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Staff Writer Salary (?
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$9.34 - $23.48
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,095 - $60,310  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
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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$23,350 - $59,953  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $23.48  
   
Overtime
$14.59 - $36.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
   
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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$23,350 - $59,953  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Job Description for Staff Writer

Staff writers are usually hired by organizations that create some form of written media for customers or consumers. Typically, media outlets that report news in some field (such as technology, sports, and health care) employ one or more staff writers. Regular news outlets and magazines also often refer to reporters and story creators as staff writers as well.
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Staff Writer Tasks
  • Adhere to strict deadlines and produce quality content quickly.
  • Perform journalistic research and conduct interviews as needed.
  • Write informative, professional material for print or online media sources.
  • Use word processing programs and content management systems to curate material.

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Pay by Experience Level for Staff Writer

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

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 33%
New York
up arrow 23%
Los Angeles
0%
National Average
$37,000
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Experience Affects Staff Writer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%
Experienced
up arrow 38%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Staff Writer Salaries

Blogging
up arrow 16%
Social Media Marketing
up arrow 3%
Online Research
up arrow 3%
National Average
$37,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 1%
Editing
up arrow 4%
writing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 21%
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