Medical Writing Vaccines and Immunotherapies Results of the 2017 EMWA salary survey

Volume 27, Issue 1 - Vaccines and Immunotherapies

Results of the 2017 EMWA salary survey


EMWA conducted its first salary survey in 2006 to which 145 employed EMWA members responded.1 The survey was repeated in 2012, with 320 members responding.2 A third survey was conducted in 2017 and is reported here. Although separate surveys were previously conducted for freelance medical writers (including 63 freelancers in 2003, 101 in 2007, 130 in 2010, and 123 in 2013),3–6 the current survey included both freelancers and employed medical writers, which allows for comparison of incomes and patterns between these 2 groups.

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Vaccines and immunotherapies
President's Column
A history of EMWA
An introduction to vaccines and immunotherapies
Immuno-oncology: Harnessing our immune system to fight cancer
Changing methods to assess targeted therapies in oncology
HIV vaccine clinical trials: An overview
Allergen immunotherapy in the European regulatory environment
Pharmacovigilance for vaccines and immunotherapies
Addressing vaccine hesitancy in writing
Results of the 2017 EMWA salary survey
Lay writing: Strategies for improving assent forms
The perils of the unknown: Missing data in clinical studies
Medical writing in China: Trends and opportunities
PhD student: A medical writer in the making!
News from the EMA
Medical Communications
Journal Watch
In the Bookstores
The Webscout
Teaching Medical Writing
Good Writing Practice
Medical Devices
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Entering medical communications as a non-native English speaker
Out on Our Own
Lingua Franca and Beyond


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Medical Devices

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My First Medical Writing

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