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Writers and Authors Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for writers and authors in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of writers and authors amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Writers and Authors in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,010
25th Percentile Wage
$56,670
50th Percentile Wage
$74,280
75th Percentile Wage
$102,050
90th Percentile Wage
$192,260

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $192,260. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $74,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,010.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of writers and authors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$74,280
3.96% 2.71%
2016
$71,340
-0.57% -
2015
$71,750
-2.26% -
2014
$73,370
-7.86% -
2013
$79,140
8.68% -
2012
$72,270
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Writers and Authors in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of writers and authors in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of writers and authors in state of California ranges from $37,080 to $93,910. The highest paying area for writers and authors in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana with a median annual salary of $93,910. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale (mean annual salary $78,850). The lowest paying area is Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a median annual salary of $37,080.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$93,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$78,850
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$73,730
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$73,450
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$73,340
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$72,360
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$66,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$65,610
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$65,090
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$64,620
Visalia-Porterville
$62,280
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$62,180
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$59,550
Fresno
$56,270
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$56,140
Bakersfield-Delano
$54,420
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$47,090
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$37,080




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