Staff Writer Salary
|Salary||$29,198 - $66,787|
|Bonus||$253.42 - $7,397|
|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).)
|$25,475 - $63,580|
|Hourly Rate||$9.99 - $22.86|
|Overtime||$8.17 - $33.61|
|Bonus||$253.42 - $7,397|
|Total Pay (||$25,475 - $63,580|
Job Description for Staff Writer
Staff writers are usually hired by organizations that create some form of written media for customers or consumers. Typically, media outlets that report news in some field (such as technology, sports, and health care) employ one or more staff writers. Regular news outlets and magazines also often refer to reporters and story creators as staff writers as well.Read More...
Typically, a staff writer writes and formats assignments according to protocols established by their employer. For some staff writers on the web, this can involve some minor HTML formatting and other computer work. The stories may be original content assigned by an editor, ideas pitched by the writer, or even “pushed” material such as press releases. For most employers requiring web content, the staff writer may be expected to generate multiple stories of varying length daily. These stories must fit the voice of the employer or media organization. Some staff writers may be able to submit and publish directly, while others are expected to channel all work through a content department and editing process.
To work as a staff writer, a person typically must show a strong educational background in written disciplines (such as a bachelor's degrees or more in journalism or English) and previous experience. In some specialized fields, employers typically prefer expertise within the subject matter. Staff writers' hours may vary depending on the needs of their employer, and they may work in an office, from home, and/or reporting in the field. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Staff Writer Tasks
- Write informative, professional material for print or online media sources.
- Use word processing programs and content management systems to curate material.
- Adhere to strict deadlines and produce quality content quickly.
- Perform journalistic research and conduct interviews as needed.
Common Career Paths for Staff Writer
Though not the most common occurrence, Staff Writers sometimes become Senior Writers, where the average income is $67K per year. Career advancement for the typical Staff Writer often leads to becoming a Managing Editor or a Communications Specialist; median salaries in these positions are $12K higher and $5K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Staff Writer
Survey results show that Staff Writers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Blogging, Reporting, Technical Writing, and Editing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Proofreading and Social Media Optimization also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Editing tend to be well versed in Social Media Marketing.
Pay by Experience Level for Staff Writer
Pay by Experience for a Staff Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Staff Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 151 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Staff Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 48 salaries. An experienced Staff Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 22 salaries. A Staff Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 13 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Staff Writers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Staff Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and New York (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Morgantown, which sits 38 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.
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