Writer / Author Salary

The average salary for a Writer / Author is $50,837 per year. A skill in Technical Writing is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$23,672 - $99,329
$24K
$51K
$99K
MEDIAN: $51,022
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50%
90%

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$11.74 - $56.17
$12
$22
$56
MEDIAN: $22.50
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90%

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$0$108K
Salary $23,672 - $99,329
Bonus $2,543
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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$24,107 - $108,801
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 50
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $11.74 - $56.17
Annual Data $0$108K
Bonus $2,543
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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$24,107 - $108,801
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

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Job Description for Writer / Author

Writers/authors work generally work independently, for publishing companies, or for organizations such as corporations, government agencies, social media, and colleges and universities. Their tasks generally involve writing, proofreading, and reviewing/editing their work or others’ work.

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Writer / Author Tasks

  • Conceptualize novels, books, stories, brochures, manuals, or television shows and create pitches or letters to market them.
  • Promote and distribute written documents.
  • Write books, websites, manuals, brochures or scripts, conducting research and working with editors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Writer / Author

Pay by Experience for a Writer / Author has a positive trend. An entry-level Writer / Author with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 50 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Writer / Author with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 22 salaries. An experienced Writer / Author which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 15 salaries. A Writer / Author with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 9 salaries.

Writer / Author Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Writer / Author?

Writer / Author in Seattle:
"The Writer's Billboard."
Whatever field you choose to write in, to a large extent you will still be designing a billboard for your services. Billboards are designed to convey the message in 6 seconds. Be prepared to present your abilities in those few seconds by establishing what area you want to write in and then: 1) Draw their interest. -- What are the target audience's most generally familiar buzzwords? Don't aim for the sophisticated audience; go for the low level HR rep who keeps hearing about "you know - like Apple". 2) Establish your credibility up front. If you want to write information about medical devices though you may never use any of those 30 hours you have in anatomy and chemistry, your degree or experience should be in something related. Unfortunately, writing should be a minor or will be "proof by demonstration". 3) Talk results in terms of statistics, metrics, or dollars. Don't fret being caught out in exaggeration. Consider, what have celebrities got that you haven't? A perceived image.

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Key Stats for Writer / Author

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%
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Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Writer / Author Salaries

Late-Career
▲45%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼19%

Skills That Affect Writer / Author Salaries

Technical Writing
▲59%

National Average
$51,000

Microsoft Word
▼20%

Microsoft Office
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 47%
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