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.

$20,180 - $113,441
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$51K
$110K
MEDIAN: $50,837
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$9.66 - $53.83
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$20
$54
MEDIAN: $19.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$20,180 - $113,441  
   
Bonus
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$20,300 - $109,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$1.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,500  
   
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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$20,300 - $109,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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

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

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
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Writer / Author Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

Experienced
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Writer / Author Salaries

Technical Writing
▲63%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Word
▼19%

Microsoft Office
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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