Writer Salary (United States)

A Writer earns an average salary of $44,971 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Online Research and Blogging. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Writer Total Pay (?
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$29,389 - $78,256
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59K
78K
MEDIAN: $44,971
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Writer Total Pay (?
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$10.14 - $49.47
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,389 - $78,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
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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$25,698 - $84,828  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $49.47  
   
Overtime
$14.35 - $58.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,077  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
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).
)
$25,698 - $84,828  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 610
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Job Description for Writer

Writers are typically responsible for providing written content for companies in the form of articles, blog posts, manuscripts, website text, and other creative content. Writers work under executive or senior editors, as well as with creative directors or producers. They occasionally interact directly with the clients. Writers may also be expected to perform administrative tasks such as taking minutes and writing notes and emails for supervisors. They may also be asked to review content for publication. Writers typically work in an office setting with a small team or write and submit their work from home. For this reason, the working hours for a writer may vary; writers may work full time, part time, or by commission. Likewise, a writer's payment may also vary depending on the amount of traffic the writer is able to generate for the company. Additionally, some writers may have to work without payment at first in order to build a list of references or a competitive resume.
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Writer Tasks
  • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, directors, or company.
  • Confer with management to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
  • Create and develop editorial written works, such as newsletters and company magazine articles for external and internal communications.
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Pay by Experience Level for Writer

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

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
up arrow 36%
Houston
up arrow 30%
up arrow 27%
Los Angeles
up arrow 18%
Atlanta
up arrow 16%
Washington
up arrow 15%
San Francisco
up arrow 14%
Detroit
up arrow 8%
Minneapolis
up arrow 6%
Dallas
0%
National Average
$44,000
Portland
up arrow 8%
Chicago
up arrow 10%
Orlando
up arrow 17%
Pittsburgh
up arrow 18%
Austin
up arrow 19%
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Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Writer Salaries

National Average
$44,000

Skills That Affect Writer Salaries

Online Research
up arrow 26%
Blogging
up arrow 19%
Proofreading
up arrow 5%
Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 3%
Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%
Technical Writing
up arrow 2%
Editing
up arrow 1%
Proposal Writing
up arrow 1%
National Average
$44,000
Copywriting
up arrow 3%
Social Media Marketing
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 37%
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