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The Average Salary of a Grant Writer

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

Grant writers are technical writers who specialize in all areas of the grant process. They research funding opportunities for their organization and oversee the initial communications between it and funding sources. These writers coordinate with the members of their organization to complete the grant proposal and comply with the funding requirements. Grant writers generally hold at least a bachelor's degree in technical writing or a related field.

Average Salary

According to, the average national salary for grant writers was $51,000 annually as of October 2014. Pay is highly dependent on experience, education and location. For example, grant writers in the Southeast earned $52,333 per year, while grant writers in the Northeast made $59,333 annually. Grant writers in the Pacific Northwest averaged $45,000 yearly, and writers in the Midwest earned just under the national average with $51,333 annually.

2016 Salary Information for Writers and Authors

Writers and authors earned a median annual salary of $61,240 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, writers and authors earned a 25th percentile salary of $43,130, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $83,500, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 131,200 people were employed in the U.S. as writers and authors.