A Writer / Author earns an average salary of $50,541 per year. A skill in Technical Writing is associated with high pay for this job.

$19,866 - $111,903
(Median)
$20K
$51K
$110K
MEDIAN: $50,541
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$8.21 - $53.83
(Median)
$8
$20
$54
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$19,866 - $111,903  
   
Bonus
$2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$19,793 - $110,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.21 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$16.44  
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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$19,793 - $110,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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 45%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Writer / Author Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 48%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 17%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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