Average Freelance Writer Hourly Pay

$24.07
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$2,500
Bonus
$15,250
Commission
$5,500
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Freelance Writer is $24.07.
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$11.50
MEDIAN
$24.07
90%
$63.02
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $63
Bonus
$485 - $26,174
Profit Sharing
$0 - $5,500
Commission
$0 - $15,250
Total Pay
$21,518 - $117,648
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What Do Freelance Writers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Freelance Writer

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What Are Popular Skills for Freelance Writers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Freelance Writers?

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 $15.41 based on 38 salaries. An early career Freelance Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.98 based on 174 salaries. A mid-career Freelance Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.46 based on 70 salaries. An experienced Freelance Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $35.00 based on 91 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 64.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (24.6% more) and Denver, Colorado (14.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (15.2% less), Los Angeles, California (6.6% less) and Chicago, Illinois (6.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 435 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.7%
Early Career
40.0%
Mid Career
16.1%
Experienced
20.9%
Late Career
14.3%