Medical Writer Salary

Medical Writers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $72K annually. In the world of Medical Writers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $50K and $134K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. For the most part, Medical Writers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Medical Writers who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,896 - $111,438
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$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,951
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$20.43 - $121.39
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$0$133K
Salary $49,896 - $111,438
Bonus $1,001 - $19,081
Profit Sharing $2,517 - $24,832
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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$50,138 - $133,720
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 371
Hourly Data $0$142
Hourly Rate $20.43 - $121.39
Overtime $90.00
Annual Data $0$133K
Bonus $1,001 - $19,081
Profit Sharing $2,517 - $24,832
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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$50,138 - $133,720
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 66

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Job Description for Medical Writer

A medical writer usually works at a pharmaceutical company, health services provider, medical equipment company, or a related organization. They write manuals, training materials, or educational papers and positions related to their organization’s specific field.

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Medical Writer Tasks

  • Research, write and edit clinical documents like protocols, research papers, analysis plans and consent forms.
  • Collaborate with experts and stakeholders to write appropriately.
  • Explain revisions, gaps and project goals, including time line revisions.
  • Review, synthesize, interpret and summarize data and research papers.

Medical Writer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Writer


Medical Writers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Abbott Laboratories, where the average salary comes to $85K.

Pay for Medical Writers is the lowest at Baxter Healthcare Corporation, which has a median salary of $82K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $85K.

Popular Skills for Medical Writer


Survey results suggest that Medical Writers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 66 percent, 31 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Grant Writing and Oral / Verbal Communication, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Clinical Research are also skilled in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Writer

Pay by Experience for a Medical Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 305 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 111 salaries. An experienced Medical Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 86 salaries. A Medical Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $136,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,277

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

Medical Writers will find that Cambridge offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 66 percent. Medical Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Deerfield (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Medical Writers is geography, with workers in Canton earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (13 percent less) and Los Angeles (7 percent less).

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Key Stats for Medical Writer

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Medical Writer Salaries

▲86%

▲33%

▲15%

National Average
$73,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Medical Writer Salaries

Project Management
▲68%

Regulatory Compliance
▲33%


Medical writing
▲10%



Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼0%

National Average
$73,000

▼1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼3%

Grant Writing
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 17%
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