AARP Staff Writer/Editor Salary in the United States

How much does a Staff Writer/Editor make at companies like AARP in the United States? The average salary for Staff Writer/Editor at companies like AARP in the United States is $95,618 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $82,559 and $108,677. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities2

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What does a Staff Writer/Editor do at companies like AARP?

Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment.

AARP Services (ASI) is where AARP’s mission meets the marketplace for the 50+ population, by sparking new solutions that transform the marketplace to improve people’s lives as they age. Founded in 1999 as the professional services arm of AARP, ASI supports the Association’s mission of Disrupt Aging by helping bring new products to drive market innovation and build richer connections with consumers. ASI acts as a bridge, connecting companies to people by helping bring experiences, products and services that matter to them as they move through specific life stages.


Support ASI’s Corporate Secretary, attorneys, and management team in preparing written materials that are durable records of ASI’s actions.Materials include governance materials and communications as well as business case documents prepared for ASI’s corporate records and AARP stakeholders.

  1. Drafts documents and edits materials provided by ASI management for the ASI and AARP Board of Directors, with a focus on communicating ASI’s and AARP’s strategies, when appropriate.
  2. Work with Office of General Counsel staff and ASI’s management, including the Business Development team, to draft and/or edit durable business records related to deals with third party service providers, including Business Case and Deal Term Summary documents. 
  3. Develops and maintains deep knowledge of ASI and AARP and its priorities and goals.
  4. Maintains internal and external networking and contacts and deep knowledge of the AARP organization, priorities, and history and utilizes those contacts and knowledge effectively to contribute to writing and editing content, as needed.
  5. Keeps knowledgeable about changing best practices in print content and governance writing. 

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3+ years of experience in journalism and/or speechwriting.  Comparable experience substantiated by an outstanding publication record can substitute for any of the above.

Enthusiasm for AARP’s social mission to empower older Americans to choose how they live as they age.

Demonstrated excellence in writing and journalistic skills as evidenced by published work in quality print or web publications.

Demonstrated ability to write about complex subjects in effective and appealing ways. 

Ability to transform other authors’ rough drafts into clear, polished prose.

Able to work collaboratively and effectively across teams.

Demonstrated ability to handle appropriate work load efficiently and effectively and to manage assignments, meet deadlines, and contribute creative ideas to the writer-editor-producer team.

Benefits Offered

 AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.  AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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The chart shows total cash compensation for the AARP Staff Writer/Editor in the United States, which includes base, and annual incentives can vary anywhere from $82,559 to $108,677 with an average total cash compensation of $95,618. Total compensation includes the value of any benefits received in addition to your salary and some of the benefits that are most commonly provided within a total compensation package including bonuses, commissions, paid time off, and Insurance. The total cash compensation may get paid differently by industry, location, and other factors.
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