What does a Writer do?

Writers use their command of language and an audience to conceptualize, research, write, and edit works including a manuscript, poem, article, or other written content types. They work across various genres, including nonfiction or satire. They work in many sectors as copywriters, technical writers, bloggers, feature writers, journalists, or editors. They are sometimes called upon to help collaborate with teams in house, including marketing or fundraising.

Writers conduct extensive research for their projects and may be called upon to look through data and find a story within it to write. Writers are employed in various occupational fields and have multifaceted career choice pathways to choose from. They conduct interviews and read through transcripts, evaluate data sets, and compile and gather information. Writers need a minimum high school diploma and coursework in English, reading and writing.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Writer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,083 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$33K
Median: $55K
$92K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Writer Career Path

Learn how to become a Writer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Writer
$55,083/yr
L3
Senior Writer
$78,080/yr
L4
Staff Writer
$38,168/yr
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Writer Insights

Read what Writer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
social sweetheartssocial sweethearts
Freelance Writer
Apr. 14, 2021

“It's a really friendly atmosphere and I enjoy getting to work with such a nice group of people :)”

Showbiz Cheat SheetShowbiz Cheat Sheet
Writer
Jan. 13, 2021

“Everyone I worked with was lovely and absolutely did their best to help when it was necessary.”

Respawn EntertainmentRespawn Entertainment
Writer
Jul. 30, 2020

“Good learning experience on what to do and what not to do in game development.”

Cardinal Financial CompanyCardinal Financial Company
Copy Writer
Nov. 1, 2019

“My direct manager is wonderful and is always looking for opportunities for me to move up in my career.”

EtsyEtsy
Freelance
Oct. 7, 2021

“salary is good and in this experience I learned how to manage my time properly.”

Vanta PartnersVanta Partners
Freelancer
Feb. 28, 2021

“Within two weeks the process was successful and Dean provided support and wisdom every step of the way.”

Paul Mitchell GroupPaul Mitchell Group
Research and Writing Specialist
Apr. 15, 2021

“I’ve been given an opportunity to work with almost every department and really enjoy the variety of work required.”

CrossbeamCrossbeam
Staff Writer
Dec. 10, 2020

“I do find myself working later sometimes because I truly care about my work and want it to be the best possible!”

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