Writer Salary

Median pay for Writers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are more female Writers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by just under one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,659 - $84,565
$31K
$48K
$85K
MEDIAN: $48,272
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$10.25 - $49.71
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$0$92K
Salary $30,659 - $84,565
Bonus $491.69 - $12,164
Profit Sharing $500
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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$28,220 - $92,453
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 364
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $10.25 - $49.71
Hourly Tips $0.61
Overtime $9.86 - $39.61
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $491.69 - $12,164
Profit Sharing $500
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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$28,220 - $92,453
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 175

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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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For Writers, progressing to a Senior Copywriter role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Copywriter can earn $70K annually. Going from Writer to Copywriter is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Copywriters is $43K. Many others choose to work as Managing Editors, where pay is typically $52K.

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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 53 percent and 22 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 proficient in Copywriting are, more often than not, also skilled in 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: $47,307

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

For Writers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+27 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Portland (+18 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Writers in Orlando earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (21 percent lower) and San Diego (17 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Writer

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Writer Salaries

▲36%

▲21%

▲6%

National Average
$47,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Writer Salaries

writing
▲53%

Research Analysis
▲22%

▲1%

National Average
$47,000


▼3%




Web Content Management
▼9%


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
▼25%

Blogging
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 38%
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