$38,968
Avg. Salary
$24.04
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$3,000

Profit Sharing

$4,000

Commission

$8,500

The average pay for a Freelance Writer is $24.04 per hour.

The average pay for a Freelance Writer is $38,968 per year.

$10
10%
$24
50%
$55
90%
MEDIAN $24
$15k
10%
$39k
50%
$77k
90%
MEDIAN $38,968
$14,694 - $76,923
$15K
$39K
$77K
MEDIAN: $38,968
10%
50%
90%

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$10.41 - $54.50
$10
$24
$55
MEDIAN: $24.04
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$0$106K
Salary $14,694 - $76,923
Bonus $300 - $26,000
Profit Sharing $4,000
Commission $8,500
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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$20,919 - $106,203
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 114
Hourly Data $0$198
Hourly Rate $10.41 - $54.50
Overtime $3.07 - $199
Annual Data $0$106K
Bonus $300 - $26,000
Commission $8,500
Profit Sharing $4,000
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).
)
$20,919 - $106,203
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 408

Job Description for Freelance Writer

Freelance writers work for a variety of clients to produce editorial, advertising, marketing, and other written materials. As independent contractors, freelancers typically work from a home office, but they may also work from libraries, coffee shops, or other spaces. Because their clients vary, freelance writers work for a variety of supervisors, most often for editors. They typically work alone, but may occasionally coordinate with photographers, art or graphic designers, and fellow writers, among others.

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Freelance Writer 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.

Common Career Paths for Freelance Writer


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Popular Skills for Freelance Writer

Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Writer

Pay by Experience for a Freelance Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Freelance Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 169 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Freelance Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 84 salaries. An experienced Freelance Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 58 salaries. A Freelance Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,051

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Freelance Writer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Freelance Writer?

Freelance Writer in Accra:
Pros: The research and ability to educate through writing.
Cons: The fact that people here in Ghana don't like reading.

Freelance Writer in Pensacola:
"Busy."
Pros: Close connections with my college.
Cons: The area not my idea of settling down for a permanent residence.

Freelance Writer in Dallas:
"Freedom of where to work but no room for growth."
Pros: Freedom of where to work.
Cons: Feel like I'm treated like a second-class citizen sometimes.

Freelance Writer in Cameron Park:
"Avoid Micromanagement."
I wish I had known that my direct supervisor, the Executive Director, really didn't trust anyone in the organization, no matter how qualified, to do their job so she felt the need to micromanage all aspects of everyone's job. This led to burnout and frustration. Two years after I joined the organization, a nonprofit, not one single person was left there, except the Executive Director, who had been there when I first came.

Freelance Writer in Kansas City:
"Poor pay."
No job protection, no benefits, no future.

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Key Stats for Freelance Writer

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Freelance Writer Salaries

▲108%

▲49%

▲15%

National Average
$46,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Freelance Writer Salaries

Technical Writing
▲72%

writing
▲36%

▲10%


National Average
$46,000

▼7%

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
▼10%

▼13%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 7%
dental benefits
Dental: 3%
vision benefits
Vision: 3%
no benefits
None: 93%