Average Freelance Writer Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Freelance Writer is $23.90.
MEDIAN $23.90
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $56
$492 - $19,574
Profit Sharing
$0 - $5,500
$0 - $18,500
Total Pay
$21,258 - $108,644

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Job Description for Freelance Writer

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.

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Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Freelance Writer

Skills in Editing, Copywriting and Online Research are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing and Blogging.

Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Writer

An entry-level Freelance Writer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.37 based on 124 salaries. An early career Freelance Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.95 based on 224 salaries. A mid-career Freelance Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.53 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Freelance Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $32.00 based on 100 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $49.
Employees with Freelance Writer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 65.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (25.5% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (4.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (14.5% less) and Chicago, Illinois (5.9% less).

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