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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 2017 [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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$85,230
2,510
4 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$84,820
2,070
5 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
$81,830
30
6 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$78,700
420
7 Anchorage, Alaska
$77,630
70
8 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$76,640
240
9 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$76,570
4,910
10 Framingham, Massachusetts
$75,410
40
11 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Missouri
$74,650
40
12 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$73,040
5,800
13 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$72,650
6,640
14 Huntsville, Alabama
$71,420
30
15 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$71,030
360
16 Dayton, Ohio
$70,640
160
17 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$68,940
500
18 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$68,860
1,330
19 Kansas City, Missouri
$68,790
470
20 New Haven, Connecticut
$68,580
130
21 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$68,050
250
22 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$68,020
960
23 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$66,840
160
24 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$66,780
920
25 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$66,330
950
26 Rochester, New York
$66,010
130
27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$65,720
370
28 Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
$65,410
30
29 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$65,290
990
30 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$65,090
330
31 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$64,880
190
32 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$63,590
310
33 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$63,240
130
34 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$63,230
470
35 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$63,010
1,460
36 Railbelt-Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area, Alaska
$62,940
40
37 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$62,790
1,330
38 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$62,680
160
39 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$62,370
100
40 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$62,230
1,240
41 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$62,200
200
42 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$61,980
770
43 Honolulu, Hawaii
$61,940
100
44 Springfield, Massachusetts
$61,840
40
45 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$61,770
120
46 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$61,550
520
47 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$61,030
1,360
48 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$60,770
270
49 Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area, Vermont
$60,090
50
50 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$60,020
80
51 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$59,820
430
52 Columbia, South Carolina
$59,560
70
53 Peoria, Illinois
$59,390
40
54 East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$59,170
40
55 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$59,090
60
56 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$59,060
170
57 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$58,890
70
58 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$58,770
110
59 Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
$58,430
40
60 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$58,320
150
61 Colorado Springs, Colorado
$57,650
110
62 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$57,430
150
63 Boulder, Colorado
$57,130
100
64 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$57,090
250
65 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$56,890
90
66 St Louis, Missouri
$56,860
340
67 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$56,830
380
68 Reno-Sparks, Nevada
$56,820
40
69 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$56,760
510
70 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$56,490
560
71 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$56,470
100
72 Akron, Ohio
$56,310
90
73 Richmond, Virginia
$56,200
290
74 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$56,100
350
75 Reading, Pennsylvania
$56,070
30
76 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$56,020
570
77 Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$55,770
30
78 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$55,400
680
79 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$55,230
70
80 Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi
$55,090
n/a
81 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pennsylvania
$54,470
90
82 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$54,420
30
83 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$54,260
110
84 Rochester-Dover, New Hampshire
$53,990
30
85 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$53,990
480
86 Tucson, Arizona
$53,580
60
87 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
$53,560
70
88 Charlottesville, Virginia
$53,550
60
89 Western Montana nonmetropolitan area, Montana
$52,860
n/a
90 Syracuse, New York
$52,780
50
91 Columbus, Ohio
$52,640
300
92 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
$52,010
40
93 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$51,470
250
94 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$50,730
390
95 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$50,640
230
96 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$50,460
40
97 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$50,230
120
98 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
$50,180
30
99 Memphis, Tennessee
$49,770
120
100 Camden, New Jersey
$49,580
40
See also: Highest paying industries for writers and authors.