Average Entry-Level Medical Writer Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Medical Writer is $66,983.
MEDIAN $66,983
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$50k - $84k
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$48k - $88k

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Job Description for Medical Writer

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.

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Popular Skills for Medical Writer

Skills in Research Analysis and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Editing, Clinical Research and Writing Procedures & Documentation.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Writer

An early career Medical Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $70,372 based on 390 salaries. A mid-career Medical Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $79,069 based on 149 salaries. An experienced Medical Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $94,680 based on 121 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $99,044.
Employees with Medical Writer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 26.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (9.1% more) and Yardley, Pennsylvania (7.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cincinnati, Ohio (12.9% less), Canton, Michigan (10.4% less) and Chicago, Illinois (2.2% less).

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