Earnings

The annual salary range of science writers is extraordinarily wide. Entry-level positions and senior-level positions have a vastly different salary base. It also depends on the specific organisation or media outlet for which the science writer is working.

New graduates majoring in journalism can make as little as ВЈ12,000 their first year working. Larger newspapers may be willing to pay up to ВЈ18,000/year for especially talented graduates. Obtaining a higher degree can mean more money in the newspaper industry, but even experienced science writers do not usually make more than ВЈ36,000 per year at a newspaper.

Magazine writers can expect to start at about the same level as newspaper science writers. The top range is higher for large national or international magazines, going upwards to ВЈ60,000 per year. The range for radio and television science writers is on par with that of magazine writers. Science writers going into new media, such as the Internet, can sometimes get a starting salary of up to ВЈ21,000.

Science writers working freelance must suffer through a range of payment rates. Some jobs may pay up to £1 per word. Others may pay significantly less. Many freelance writers have regular clients that pay well, but sometimes, they must accept lower paying work in-between the higher paying assignments. This can create a situation where, at times, science writers are writing “in bulk” to keep income levels relatively stable. Very successful freelance science writers are able to live off the money from one assignment while waiting for the next assignment to come in.

Public information officer jobs almost always pay by salary. The salary is higher than that of science journalists. Public information officers can start making as much as ВЈ24,000 annually and work upwards to ВЈ60,000. Public information officers may also be promoted to management-level positions in the communications department of major organisations.