Writer / Author Salary (United States)

A Writer / Author earns an average salary of $47,372 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Writer / Author Salary (?
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$14,621 - $101,266
(Median)
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47K
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MEDIAN: $47,372
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Writer / Author Salary (?
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$9.66 - $76.60
(Median)
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77
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$14,621 - $101,266  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,113  
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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$17,617 - $104,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $76.60  
   
Overtime
$4.89 - $47.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,113  
   
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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$17,617 - $104,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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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

Experienced
up arrow 37%
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 50%