How We Pay Team Members


Please read our Why Work For Us? document to understand our underlying philosophy for working with talent, as well as our general approach to pay and rewards.

Evolutionary payment models

We are currently experimenting with a range of models for paying team members. We will continue to evolve and develop those models. Team members should expect changes over time in how they are paid.

We will always structure our payments to ensure that we can attract the most talented people who are aligned with our approach and philosophy. For truly outstanding people we will consider exceptions to standard pay structures.

Payment is made by Paypal or on Upwork, except for those based in Australia.

Writer payment principles

Payment structure

We usually pay writers by the article. In some cases where scope is less definable we pay an hourly rate. For the right candidates who would like to play a role in driving our publications we prefer a monthly retainer.

Longer-form content

For longer-form content such as white papers, reports, and books we will usually offer a fixed fee. If the content is offered for sale we will in addition offer royalties on sales for a fixed period.

Writer owns copyright

In most cases our writer contract specifies that writers retain rights to their work, and work may be republished 30 days after initial publication as long as a reference and link to the website of the original post is included. Note that in some specific situations we will look for transfer of rights.


For web publications writers will be attributed on each article they write. For most publications the attribution will include a photo and short bio plus links to personal website, LinkedIn profile, and Twitter handle, and with an author page including a longer bio. Depending on the specific role we will attribute writers of books and reports as co-authors, senior writers, or writers.

Writer payments (Future of Sex)

The following describes our writer payments for our Future of Sex publication. It has three components:

– Article length. Writers are paid based on the number of original words in any article that we accept for publication.

– Article views. We will record article views in the 30 days following publication. If views exceed 1,000 in those 30 days, we will pay $1 for every 100 views in that period. For example, if there are 800 views, there will be no payment. If there are 5,000 views a bonus of $50 will be paid; if there are 15,000 views then $150 will be paid.

Per article pay scales

We pay article writers by the number of original words in each article we accept.

The task of article writing includes identifying and loading an appropriate image on the post (instructions will be provided). In addition any issues raised by the editor must be addressed before acceptance.

Original words Pay
100-200 words $30
201-400 words $40
401-700 words $50
701+ words $60

[NOTE: $ means US$, except for Australia-based writers where it is A$]

In exceptional cases we may consider a variation to these pay scales.