Average Writer / Author Salary

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The average salary for a Writer / Author is $50,994.
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$24k - $100k
$50 - $19k
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$0 - $899
$0 - $5k
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$24k - $103k

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Job Description for Writer / Author

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.

Job Satisfaction for Writer / Author

4.2 out of 5
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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.
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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