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.
|Salary||$20,511 - $101,014|
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|$20,396 - $107,653|
|Hourly Rate||$9.36 - $55.75|
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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.Read More...
Writers or authors who work for news organizations must verify news sources, conduct interviews, and conduct independent research related to what they are planning to write. When working with material on a specific topic, such as science, formal training in that area may be required by an employer. When writers work for corporations as technical writers, they must be able to write in a way that is understood by non-technical audiences.
While some writers may work forty hours per week, some may work longer hours in order to meet deadlines. This may involve working evenings, weekends, or holidays, so flexibility is generally required for this job. Communication skills are important, as are multitasking and close attention to detail, and it is essential to be able to work well independently.
Typical candidates for writing positions have a bachelor's degree in English literature, journalism, communications, or a related field, and those who work for publishing companies and news agencies may need to travel for interviews. They must also have thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Writer / Author Tasks
- 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
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.
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