Writer Salary

Writers in the United States pull down an average of $48K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Women make up the majority of Writers (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,652 - $83,553
$31K
$48K
$84K
MEDIAN: $48,474
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$10.35 - $50.04
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MEDIAN: $20.34
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$30,652 - $83,553  
   
Bonus
$490.03 - $12,164  
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$28,360 - $93,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 333
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $50.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$10.30 - $40.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$490.03 - $12,164  
   
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$28,360 - $93,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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

  • Create and develop editorial written works, such as newsletters and company magazine articles for external and internal communications.
  • Confer with management to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
  • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, directors, or company.

Common Career Paths for Writer


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As Writers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Copywriter, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Copywriters earn $70K on average per year. Given that the median pay is $43K, it may be surprising to find that a Copywriter is the most common role for Writers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Managing Editor role — which pays $52K — is also typical for Writers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Writer


Writers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with writing and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Those listing Blogging as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Search Engine Optimization and Writing Procedures & Documentation also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Copywriting also tend to know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Writer

Pay by Experience for a Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 266 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 145 salaries. A Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,297

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Writers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Portland (+16 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Compared to the national average, Orlando Writers have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and San Diego (22 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Writer

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Writer Salaries

▲33%

▲19%

▲4%

National Average
$48,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Writer Salaries

writing
▲50%

Research Analysis
▲19%

National Average
$48,000

▼1%


▼5%




Web Content Management
▼11%


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
▼26%

Blogging
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 38%