Beginning science writers may earn a starting salary of around $20,000 to $25,000, depending on their training, the type of job, the resources of the employer, and the region of the country. More experienced writers may earn between $35,000 and $60,000, and some writers earn even more. The highest salaries are paid to top-tier writers employed by major publications, or experienced medical writers working for pharmaceutical companies. see also Technical Writer.

Deborah Blum


Blum, Deborah, and Mary Knudson, eds. A Field Guide for Science Writers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Friedman, Sharon M., Sharon Dunwoody, and Carol L. Rogers, eds. Communicating Uncertainty: Media Coverage of New and Controversial Science. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999.

Gastel, Barbara. The Health Writers Handbook. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1998.

Internet Resources

American Association for the Advancement of Science: Media Relations. <http://>.

National Association of Science Writers. <>.

Society of Environmental Journalists. <>.


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