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Updated February 9, 2022
Average Scientific Writer Salary
$98,000 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$47.25 hourly

Entry level Salary
$52,000 yearly
$52,000
10 %
$98,000
Median
$183,000
90 %
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What is a Scientific Writer's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$183,000$15,250$88
75th Percentile$136,000$11,333$65
Average$98,271$8,189$47
25th Percentile$70,000$5,833$34
10th Percentile$52,000$4,333$25

Average Scientific Writer Salary By State

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Scientific Writer average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$87,871$42.2546
Alaska$86,257$41.4727
Arizona$128,527$61.79110
Arkansas$87,077$41.8640
California$122,978$59.12987
Colorado$98,882$47.54133
Connecticut$103,024$49.5376
Delaware$111,122$53.4234
District of Columbia$127,347$61.22194
Florida$84,374$40.56311
Georgia$91,426$43.95177
Hawaii$74,769$35.9523
Idaho$83,406$40.1032
Illinois$106,616$51.26323
Indiana$81,179$39.0388
Iowa$80,751$38.8240
Kansas$90,813$43.6645
Kentucky$84,454$40.6038
Louisiana$95,081$45.7126
Maine$76,975$37.0119
Maryland$98,753$47.48317
Massachusetts$110,406$53.08373
Michigan$114,679$55.13137
Minnesota$118,639$57.04142
Mississippi$84,344$40.5518
Missouri$96,262$46.28106
Montana$93,317$44.8624
Nebraska$84,047$40.4148
Nevada$112,616$54.1452
New Hampshire$101,203$48.6636
New Jersey$98,568$47.39222
New Mexico$96,385$46.3439
New York$101,709$48.90572
North Carolina$105,275$50.61218
North Dakota$108,636$52.2314
Ohio$97,294$46.78129
Oklahoma$87,355$42.0039
Oregon$107,269$51.57165
Pennsylvania$114,067$54.84215
Rhode Island$100,677$48.4028
South Carolina$80,249$38.5854
South Dakota$94,658$45.5114
Tennessee$90,889$43.7065
Texas$94,849$45.60322
Utah$90,020$43.2898
Vermont$101,898$48.9926
Virginia$117,420$56.45345
Washington$114,911$55.25225
West Virginia$104,715$50.3420
Wisconsin$91,586$44.0395
Wyoming$109,773$52.7829

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Highest Paying Cities For Scientific Writer

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CityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
Washington, DC$129,068$62.05
Menlo Park, CA$127,903$61.49
Bothell, WA$116,587$56.05
Philadelphia, PA$114,402$55.00
Worcester, MA$111,603$53.66
Chicago, IL$107,469$51.67

How much does a Scientific Writer make?

The average Scientific Writer salary is $98,271 per year, or $47.25 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $52,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $183,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Arizona, California, Minnesota, Virginia, and Washington provide the highest Scientific Writer salaries.

Average Scientific Writer Salary Over Time

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    Scientific Writer Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$98,300$47.25+2.4%
    2021$95,900$46.11+1.4%
    2020$94,600$45.47+1.3%
    2019$93,400$44.89+1.5%
    2018$92,000$44.21-0.6%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Scientific Writer Salary
    Proposal Writers help clients win contracts, grants from the government, or even permission to perform a consulting service. They must ensure that all important information is included in the paperwork and documents.
    Journalist

    Avg. salary: $55,773

    A journalist is responsible for creating written correspondence, covering various subjects as the management requires. This task involves a lot of research investigations, conducting interviews, and gathering reliable sources to verify the authenticity of data before releasing the articles on news portals and other social platforms. Journalists should have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, conveying information to the target audience with high accuracy and efficiency. They analyze opinions and testimonies, create eye-catching headlines, and ensure adherence to deadlines.
    Publisher

    Avg. salary: $60,692

    A publisher manages the design, editing, and production process with the help of proofreaders, printers, and editors. Publishers make schedules for every stage of the process and work backward from the planned date for publication. They distribute promotional catalogs to libraries and booksellers. They set the commercial and editorial direction for businesses publishing newspapers, digital content, magazines, and books. It is their duty to make decisions on the markets that their firms will serve as well as the type of content that they will give to their audience.
    Editor

    Avg. salary: $52,534

    An editor is the one responsible for polishing and refining a story, article, and any material for publication in newspapers, magazines, books, or websites. Editors have the power to either accept or reject a material as they need to ensure that every manuscript which will be offered for publishing is at the best version as it can be. There are several types of editors, from copy editors, books to managing editors, but they have few skills in common, like strong writing skills, good judgment, and leadership abilities to help guide the whole editorial team. Most of them work in the office, but it is quite becoming more regular for them to work remotely.
    News Editor

    Avg. salary: $49,483

    A News Editor reviews and changes the content of a publication provided by writers and other contributors. They generally work for newspapers, magazines, and websites.
    Managing Editor

    Avg. salary: $83,430

    Managing editors are individuals who coordinate and oversee the editorial activities of a publication. They administer the daily operations or a website or publication, such as generating ideas and planning and editing content. Their responsibilities include the recruitment, promotion, and firing of staff members. They even create and implement deadlines. Great managing editors are those who are updated on the latest trends and make informed decisions. They should also be equipped with skills in management and coaching.
    Proposal Writer

    Avg. salary: $69,110

    Proposal Writers help clients win contracts, grants from the government, or even permission to perform a consulting service. They must ensure that all important information is included in the paperwork and documents.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Journalist$55,774$4,648$26.8119,056
    Publisher$60,693$5,058$29.1818,715
    Editor$52,535$4,378$25.2624,031
    News Editor$49,484$4,124$23.7921,154
    Managing Editor$83,431$6,953$40.1125,770
    Proposal Writer$69,111$5,759$33.2325,225
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    Which Companies Pay Scientific Writers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a Scientific Writer, working for Bristol-Myers Squibb or Glaxosmithkline Plc might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Philips and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals report highly competitive wages for Scientific Writers.

    Highest Paying Companies For Scientific Writers

    RankCompanyZippia ScoreAverage Scientific Writer SalaryAverage Salary
    1$144,820
    2$123,432
    3$122,525
    4$116,972
    5$115,775
    6$109,581

    And if you're looking for a job, here are the five top employers hiring now:

    1. California Resources Jobs (1)
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    3. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Jobs (2)
    4. Methodist Hospitals Jobs (2)
    5. Illumina Jobs (2)

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    Recently Added Scientific Writer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Randstad UsScientific WriterSan Diego, CA09/14/2021$92,872
    University of TennesseeScientific Writer-Admin College of PharmacyMemphis, TN07/27/2021$62,015
    Kelly ServicesScientific Writer, LakeLake Forest, CA05/24/2021$52,175
    Washington University of St. LouisScientific Writer-Bone Marrow TransplantSaint Louis, MO11/05/2020$51,292
    University of Wisconsin MadisonScientific Writer/EditorMadison, WI10/21/2020$52,000
    Washington University of St. LouisScientific Writer-PsychiatrySaint Louis, MO09/11/2020$51,292
    W.M. Rice UniversityScientific WriterHouston, TX08/12/2020$57,184
    Nuprobe USA, Inc.Scientific WriterHouston, TX06/01/2020$78,000
    Nuprobe USA, Inc.Scientific WriterHouston, TX11/18/2019$166,960
    W.M. Rice UniversityScientific WriterHouston, TX08/12/2019$57,000

    Average Scientific Writer Salary by Demographic

    Scientific Writer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $93,802
    female-income
    Female Income
    $92,456
    GenderIncome
    Male$93,802
    Female$92,456
    Median Scientific Writer Income by Race
    Asian Scientific Writers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Scientific Writers have the lowest average salary at $85,518.
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    Scientific Writer Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$95,823
    Black or African American$85,518
    Asian$96,400
    Hispanic or Latino$94,287
    Average Scientific Writer Salary by Education Level
    $115,000
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    Bachelor's Degree

    Scientific Writer Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    Master's Degree$111,885
    Bachelor's Degree$92,456