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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 among California cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,500
25th Percentile Wage
$53,350
50th Percentile Wage
$71,340
75th Percentile Wage
$102,530
90th Percentile Wage
$202,960

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 $202,960. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $71,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,500.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18.51
25th Percentile Wage
$25.65
50th Percentile Wage
$34.29
75th Percentile Wage
$49.29
90th Percentile Wage
$97.58

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for writers and authors in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $97.58. The median hourly salary is $34.29. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18.51.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of writers and authors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201671,340-0.57%-1.30%
201571,750-2.26%-
201473,370-7.86%-
201379,1408.68%-
201272,270--

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 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $76,640). 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
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$76,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$76,570
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$68,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$68,020
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$65,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$63,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$63,230
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$62,680
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$60,020
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$56,830
Bakersfield-Delano
$54,420
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$47,090
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$37,080


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