The average salary for a Writer / Author is $50,994.
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Job Description for Writer / Author
Writers/authors work generally work independently, for publishing companies, or for organizations such as corporations, government agencies, social media, and colleges and universities. Their tasks generally involve writing, proofreading, and reviewing/editing their work or others’ work. Writers or authors who work for news organizations must verify news sources, conduct interviews, and conduct independent research related to what they are planning to write. When working with material on a spec…Read more
Writer / Author Tasks
- Conceptualize novels, books, stories, brochures, manuals, or television shows and create pitches or letters to market them.
- Promote and distribute written documents.
- Write books, websites, manuals, brochures or scripts, conducting research and working with editors.
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Popular Skills for Writer / Author
Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, English Language, Technical Writing, Editing and Microsoft Word.
Pay by Experience Level for Writer / Author
An entry-level Writer / Author with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $50,335 based on 16 salaries. An early career Writer / Author with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,504 based on 39 salaries. A mid-career Writer / Author with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,277 based on 24 salaries. An experienced Writer / Author with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 18 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $76,835.
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Employees with Writer / Author in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 31.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Sacramento, California (27.5% more) and San Diego, California (19.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (45.7% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (11.8% less).
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