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Highest Paying Cities for Writers and Authors

The top 100 highest paying cities for writers and authors (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of writers and authors in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $97,910, North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida is the highest paying city for writers and authors. It is followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California (average annual salary $93,910). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of writers and authors in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Writers and Authors

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$97,910
70
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$93,910
4,630
3 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$93,580
350
4 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$87,300
2,240
5 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$86,130
1,890
6 Knoxville, Tennessee
$84,810
110
7 Framingham, Massachusetts
$84,010
70
8 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$81,830
70
9 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$78,850
4,530
10 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$78,700
420
11 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, USA
$77,690
4,830
12 Anchorage, Alaska
$77,630
60
13 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$77,110
30
14 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$75,770
40
15 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$75,700
6,600
16 Gainesville, Georgia
$75,140
40
17 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$75,100
7,310
18 San Rafael, USA
$74,680
70
19 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$73,730
260
20 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$73,450
1,300
21 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$73,340
980
22 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$73,040
5,800
23 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$72,360
40
24 Huntsville, Alabama
$71,420
30
25 Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area, New York
$71,270
n/a
26 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$70,700
200
27 Ithaca, New York
$69,290
30
28 New Haven, Connecticut
$69,080
140
29 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$67,420
200
30 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$67,050
500
31 Kansas City, Missouri
$66,930
400
32 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, USA
$66,690
310
33 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$66,100
270
34 Central New York nonmetropolitan area, New York
$65,900
40
35 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$65,610
520
36 Bremerton-Silverdale, Washington
$65,310
n/a
37 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$65,090
330
38 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$64,620
190
39 Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
$64,480
30
40 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$64,060
240
41 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$63,930
1,550
42 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$62,920
1,380
43 Charlottesville, Virginia
$62,830
40
44 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$62,700
390
45 Springfield, Massachusetts
$62,520
90
46 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$62,440
80
47 Visalia-Porterville, California
$62,280
n/a
48 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$62,180
390
49 Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, USA
$62,170
390
50 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$62,160
450
51 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$62,030
200
52 Honolulu, Hawaii
$61,940
100
53 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$61,890
170
54 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$61,270
550
55 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$61,160
310
56 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$61,150
170
57 Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, USA
$61,100
300
58 Dutchess County-Putnam County, USA
$61,100
30
59 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$60,980
1,030
60 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$60,770
270
61 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$60,740
960
62 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$60,620
1,080
63 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$60,480
290
64 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$60,450
810
65 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$60,210
1,620
66 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$60,020
580
67 York-Hanover, Pennsylvania
$59,910
30
68 Columbia, South Carolina
$59,840
70
69 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$59,700
1,770
70 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$59,610
110
71 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
$59,550
40
72 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$59,490
130
73 Peoria, Illinois
$59,390
40
74 East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$59,170
40
75 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$59,140
260
76 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$58,480
40
77 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$58,430
40
78 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$58,410
120
79 St Louis, Missouri
$58,390
340
80 Tucson, Arizona
$57,600
40
81 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$57,510
620
82 Rochester, New York
$57,400
150
83 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$57,330
40
84 Danbury, Connecticut
$57,230
30
85 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$57,200
640
86 Boulder, Colorado
$57,130
90
87 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$56,900
530
88 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$56,880
70
89 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$56,780
350
90 Dayton, Ohio
$56,710
110
91 Worcester, Massachusetts
$56,570
40
92 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$56,430
60
93 Fresno, California
$56,270
40
94 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California
$56,140
50
95 Reading, Pennsylvania
$56,070
30
96 Richmond, Virginia
$56,010
290
97 Medford, Oregon
$55,930
30
98 Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$55,770
30
99 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$55,470
140
100 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$55,430
350
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