Pay for Writers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $48K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than half. Female Writers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. The majority of Writers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$31,102 - $82,338
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$31K
$48K
$82K
MEDIAN: $48,492
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$10.85 - $50.68
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$51
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$31,102 - $82,338  
   
Bonus
$490.94 - $12,255  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$28,778 - $95,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $50.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$10.30 - $42.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$490.94 - $12,255  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$28,778 - $95,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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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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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. 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Copywriting, Marketing Communications, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Blogging as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Writing Procedures & Documentation and Technical Writing also typically command lower compensation. 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.


For many Writers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Writers bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,496

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Writers, 34 percent above the national average. Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+28 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Portland (+24 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Orlando Writers earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (22 percent lower) and San Diego (18 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Writer Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Writer Salaries

Research Analysis
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Copywriting
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National Average
$48,000

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Blogging
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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