Writer / Author Salary

A Writer / Author earns an average salary of $49,242 per year.

$17,754 - $113,481

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$9.59 - $74.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$17,754 - $113,481  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,098  
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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$19,678 - $115,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.59 - $74.75  
   
Overtime
$4.91 - $60.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,098  
   
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).
)
$19,678 - $115,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Writer / Author

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Writer / Author

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

Writer / Author Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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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Experience Affects Writer / Author Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Writer / Author Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 49%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 52%
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