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Highest Paying Industries for Writers and Authors

The top 100 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $89,930, federal government, including usps is the highest paying industry for writers and authors. It is followed by federal executive branch (oes designation) industry (average annual salary $89,930). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of writers and authors in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Writers and Authors

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal government, including USPS
$89,930
1,140
2 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$89,930
1,130
3 Legal Services
$87,530
120
4 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$80,020
n/a
5 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$79,320
140
6 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,710
260
7 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$75,360
1,810
8 Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,360
1,810
9 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$75,030
40
10 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$74,840
180
11 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$74,630
70
12 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$73,960
30
13 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$73,950
n/a
14 Manufacturing
$71,710
870
15 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$71,460
40
16 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$70,850
590
17 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$70,610
530
18 Depository Credit Intermediation
$69,820
50
19 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$68,830
120
20 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$68,390
120
21 Employment Services
$68,020
390
22 Temporary Help Services
$67,900
210
23 Scientific Research and Development Services
$66,980
370
24 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$66,770
1,030
25 Spectator Sports
$66,540
50
26 Finance and Insurance
$66,090
520
27 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$65,770
7,140
28 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$65,510
110
29 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$65,400
3,530
30 Telecommunications
$65,360
180
31 Insurance Carriers
$65,080
200
32 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,770
11,470
33 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$63,650
270
34 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$63,390
270
35 Specialized Design Services
$63,250
430
36 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$62,550
2,980
37 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$62,390
1,000
38 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$62,330
3,860
39 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$62,310
100
40 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$61,360
240
41 Hospitals - Privately owned
$61,310
190
42 Outpatient Care Centers
$60,920
110
43 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$60,790
70
44 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$60,700
4,140
45 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$60,270
90
46 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$60,160
180
47 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$60,120
210
48 Administrative and Support Services
$60,100
940
49 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$60,100
940
50 Other Insurance Related Activities
$59,750
50
51 Engineering Services
$59,230
80
52 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$58,470
340
53 Business Support Services
$58,460
300
54 Other Financial Investment Activities
$58,410
70
55 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$58,400
70
56 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$58,400
70
57 Transportation and Warehousing
$58,350
100
58 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$58,330
180
59 Educational Support Services
$58,250
350
60 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$58,150
880
61 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$58,140
1,910
62 Junior colleges - State government owned
$58,060
50
63 Offices of Physicians
$57,970
110
64 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$57,890
1,170
65 Software Publishers
$57,350
290
66 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$57,240
3,380
67 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$57,240
3,400
68 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$57,190
100
69 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$57,180
270
70 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)
$56,590
40
71 Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$56,480
n/a
72 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$56,210
100
73 Other Information Services
$56,200
1,470
74 Chemical Manufacturing
$55,630
40
75 Social Advocacy Organizations
$55,200
710
76 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$55,050
200
77 Information
$54,770
13,430
78 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$54,360
230
79 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$54,280
360
80 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$54,120
980
81 Educational Services - Local government owned
$54,050
370
82 Television Broadcasting
$54,040
1,700
83 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$53,930
570
84 Wholesale Trade
$53,860
500
85 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$53,660
210
86 Other Support Services
$53,620
40
87 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$53,570
220
88 Other Schools and Instruction
$53,550
130
89 Educational Services - Privately owned
$53,420
1,780
90 Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,320
1,130
91 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$53,290
2,270
92 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$53,250
120
93 Educational Services
$53,170
2,880
94 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$53,130
160
95 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$53,080
60
96 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$52,720
60
97 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$52,300
2,120
98 Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$52,290
50
99 Educational Services - State government owned
$52,160
730
100 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$51,710
1,750
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