$48,556
Avg. Salary
$20.20
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,000

Bonus

$1,000

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Writer is $20.20 per hour.

The average pay for a Writer is $48,556 per year.

$10.38
10%
$20.20
50%
$50.83
90%
MEDIAN $20.20
$30k
10%
$49k
50%
$84k
90%
MEDIAN $48,556
$30,283 - $84,016
$30K
$49K
$84K
MEDIAN: $48,556
10%
50%
90%

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$10.38 - $50.83
$10
$20
$51
MEDIAN: $20.20
10%
50%
90%

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$0$94K
Salary $30,283 - $84,016
Bonus $341 - $9,123
Profit Sharing $1,000
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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$27,763 - $94,874
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 662
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $10.38 - $50.83
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $11.00 - $40.17
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $341 - $9,123
Profit Sharing $1,000
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).
)
$27,763 - $94,874
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 341

Job Description for Writer

Writers are typically responsible for providing written content for companies in the form of articles, blog posts, manuscripts, website text, and other creative content. Writers work under executive or senior editors, as well as with creative directors or producers. They occasionally interact directly with the clients. Writers may also be expected to perform administrative tasks such as taking minutes and writing notes and emails for supervisors. They may also be asked to review content for publication. Writers typically work in an office setting with a small team or write and submit their work from home. For this reason, the working hours for a writer may vary; writers may work full time, part time, or by commission. Likewise, a writer's payment may also vary depending on the amount of traffic the writer is able to generate for the company. Additionally, some writers may have to work without payment at first in order to build a list of references or a competitive resume.

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Writer Pay By Employer

$0$197K

Self-Employed
5 profiles
$43,662

Common Career Paths for Writer


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As Writers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Copywriter, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Copywriters earn $70K on average per year. As Writers progress in their field, many go on to become Copywriters. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $43K. Another common career choice for Writers is to move into a Managing Editor role — this promotion usually pays $52K.

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Popular Skills for Writer


Writers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with writing and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 52 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Those listing Blogging as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Search Engine Optimization and Writing Procedures & Documentation also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Copywriting also know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Writer

Pay by Experience for a Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 266 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 157 salaries. An experienced Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 145 salaries. A Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,682

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Writers, 26 percent above the national average. Writers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+26 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, Orlando Writers have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Austin (21 percent less) and San Diego (18 percent less).

Writer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Writer?

Writer in Berthoud:
"How Will You Adjust to Setting Your Own Hours?"
Be flexible; be prepared to do lots of research; be disciplined; put your reader's interests first.

Writer in Houston:
"Nice."
Pros: Opportunity, diversity.
Cons: Traffic.

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Key Stats for Writer

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Writer Salaries

▲35%

▲20%

▲5%

National Average
$48,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Writer Salaries

writing
▲52%

Research Analysis
▲21%

▲1%

National Average
$48,000


▼3%




Web Content Management
▼10%


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
▼25%

Blogging
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 39%