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How Much Does a Scientific Writer Earn In The United States?

Scientific Writer Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$127,000
$71,000
$127,000
$226,000
Scientific writers in the United States make an average salary of $127,239 per year or $61.17 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $71,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $226,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Massachusetts, Maine, California, Washington, and West Virginia provide the highest scientific writer salaries.
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Where Scientific Writers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where scientific writers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Scientific Writers Earn In Different Cities?

While a scientific writer can average a salary of $127,239 per year, or $61.17 per hour, there are many opportunities for scientific writers to make more. For example, in Menlo Park, CA you might make $103,708 per year. Other high-paying locations include Gaithersburg, MD, Hackensack, NJ and Houston, TX. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Menlo Park, CA where the average starting salary is $55,000. The highest paying states for scientific writers include Massachusetts, Maine and California. Meanwhile, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and South Carolina offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. Menlo Park, CA
$103,708
Avg. Salary
$53k
$143k
2. Gaithersburg, MD
$86,935
Avg. Salary
$53k
$143k
3. Hackensack, NJ
$84,134
Avg. Salary
$53k
$143k
4. Houston, TX
$84,070
Avg. Salary
$53k
$143k
5. Saint Louis, MO
$73,630
Avg. Salary
$53k
$143k

High Paying Scientific Writer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Scientific Writers The Most?

To earn a high income as a scientific writer, working for Champions Oncology or Smith Hanley Associates might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Washington University in St. Louis and City of Hope National Medical Center report highly competitive wages for scientific writers.
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Avg. Salary
$77k
$151k
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$77k
$151k
Avg. Salary
$77k
$151k

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    How Much Do Scientific Writers Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, scientific writer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that pharmaceutical, health care, and government companies tend to offer much higher salaries for scientific writers. For example, scientific writers make a whopping average salary of $117,081 while working for pharmaceutical companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $116,362 at health care companies and $99,613 at government companies. But scientific writers may want to avoid working in the media industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $83,600.
    1. Pharmaceutical
    $117,081
    Avg. Salary
    $73k
    $147k
    2. Health Care
    $116,362
    Avg. Salary
    $73k
    $147k
    3. Government
    $99,613
    Avg. Salary
    $73k
    $147k
    4. Finance
    $92,651
    Avg. Salary
    $73k
    $147k
    5. Non Profits
    $92,400
    Avg. Salary
    $73k
    $147k
    6. Media
    $83,600
    Avg. Salary
    $73k
    $147k

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    $32,469
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