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Have you seen the latest Marketing Profs 2018 Marketing Salary Guide?
The 2018 salaries for brand and agency content positions blew me away!
The forecasted salary range for a content strategist is $60,000 – $115,000.
A web copywriter? $47,000 – $104,000.
In fact, there was nothing under $40K a year.
This is great news for content writers like us. (Congratulations if you make this — or even more than this — now!)
But, what if you’re not making that kind of money?
It’s easy to look at salary surveys like this and think, “Everyone else is making way more money than I am. What’s wrong with me?”
I assure you that is NOT what’s going on.
In fact, after I wrote about this in my newsletter, I heard from many writers — both freelance and in-house — who ARE afraid of algorithms taking their jobs.
They’re floundering around, taking low-paying gigs, and suffering with slow-paying clients.
Maybe you feel the same way.
A friend of mind was stressing out because she had a “feast or famine” business. When she was busy, she was too busy to think — but when things were quiet, she’d wake up at 3 a.m. and worry about money.
What’s funny is this woman is brilliant at product launches. She can write the emails. She can set up the back end. She can project manage the process. It’s a huge skill set.
The challenge is, she didn’t think of her skill set as a superpower. She didn’t realize she was charging way too little for the knowledge that was in her head.
Because that’s why clients pay you, you know. It’s because of your superpowers.
One SEO Copywriting Buzz reader summed this up beautifully when she responded to my “will machines take our writing jobs” email. Her note?
My copywriting superpower is being a CPA steeped in direct response. I don’t see my big clients looking to AI to write for them. They’re willing to pay me for what’s in my brain.
YES, YES, YES!
So, what’s your content writing superpower?
What do you do every day that seems easy to you — but, blows your clients’ or boss’ minds?
Do your blog posts get more likes than cute cat videos?
Do you have influencers at your fingertips, ready to help get the word out?
Can you write highly-technical content that only an engineer could understand?
Your superpower skill set is what propels you from, “I’m worried about money and clients don’t pay me enough,” to “I’m on vacation and I’m not taking on new clients right now.”
Knowing the value you bring to the table gives you the confidence to negotiate a much higher writing salary (plus, it allows you to work on the stuff you really find fun.)
It’s all about what’s in your brain. The information in your head is worth more than you know.
What do YOU think of the salary survey?
Is it inspirational? Depressing? Do you know your writing superpower, or are you still discovering your hidden talents? Leave a comment and let me know.
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