Browse Categories

Writer Salary

Writers in the United States can expect wages of $46K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Writers ranges from $26K on the lower end to $87K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Writers survey respondents are women (71 percent). While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and a little less than one-half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$29,650 - $77,766
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$78K
MEDIAN: $45,503
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$9.94 - $50.65
(Median)
$9
$20
$51
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$29,650 - $77,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $5,106  
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).
)
$25,680 - $87,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 400
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $50.65  
   
Overtime
$12.31 - $59.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $5,106  
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).
)
$25,680 - $87,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
United States (change)

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.

Read More...

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.

Common Career Paths for Writer


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


It's not very common for Writers to move on to become Senior Copywriters. Average pay for a Senior Copywriter is $68K annually. A Copywriter role is the most prevalent career advancement for Writers. Paychecks for that role are $42K on average. The Managing Editor position is another common transition for Writers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $51K mark.

Writer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Writer


Survey results suggest that Writers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Blogging, Writing Procedures & Documentation, Marketing Communications, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing and Copywriting. For most people, competency in Copywriting indicates knowledge of Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Writer

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


Writers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. Writers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Writers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+27 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Writers in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Boston (17 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Writer Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Writer Salaries

Blogging
up arrow 16%


Technical Writing
0%

Marketing Communications
0%

National Average
$45,000

Editing
up arrow 1%

Copywriting
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 38%