Writer Salary

Median pay for Writers in the United States is around $48K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and a little less than one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Writers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Writers who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,788 - $80,801
$31K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $48,688
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50%
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$10.24 - $51.33
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$51
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$0$94K
Salary $30,788 - $80,801
Bonus $482 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $403 - $31,785
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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$28,540 - $94,523
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 664
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $10.24 - $51.33
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $9.70 - $40.99
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $482 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $403 - $31,785
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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$28,540 - $94,523
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 336

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 Tasks

  • Create and develop editorial written works, such as newsletters and company magazine articles for external and internal communications.
  • Confer with management to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
  • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, directors, or company.

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: $48,223

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).

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Key Stats for Writer

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Writer Salaries

▲33%

▲19%

▲4%

National Average
$48,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Writer Salaries

writing
▲50%

Research Analysis
▲19%

▼0%

National Average
$48,000


▼4%




Web Content Management
▼11%


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
▼26%

Blogging
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 38%