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Average Staff Writer Salary

$45,118
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,952
Bonus
$2,500
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Staff Writer is $45,118.
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$30k
MEDIAN
$45k
90%
$67k
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What Do Staff Writers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Staff Writer

3.8 out of 5
(60)
Highly Satisfied
5Reviews

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What Are Popular Skills for Staff Writers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Staff Writers?

An entry-level Staff Writer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $37,182 based on 20 salaries. An early career Staff Writer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,396 based on 197 salaries. A mid-career Staff Writer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,913 based on 77 salaries. An experienced Staff Writer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,615 based on 38 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $58,958.
Employees with Staff Writer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 11.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (9.6% more) and Chicago, Illinois (5.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (21.3% less), Tampa, Florida (7.6% less) and Los Angeles, California (0.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 352 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.7%
Early Career
56.0%
Mid Career
21.9%
Experienced
10.8%
Late Career
5.7%

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