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Highest Paying States for Writers and Authors

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $91,120, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for writers and authors. It is followed by Maryland (average annual salary $73,660). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Writers and Authors

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$91,120
$52,880 1,290
2 Maryland
$73,660
$38,210 1,110
3 New York
$72,760
$40,190 6,790
4 California
$71,340
$38,500 8,380
5 Alaska
$70,120
$42,000 120
6 Connecticut
$66,930
$23,720 620
7 Colorado
$66,790
$33,060 640
8 Oregon
$64,590
$31,290 640
9 Virginia
$62,600
$35,020 1,310
10 Massachusetts
$62,360
$26,100 1,580
11 Idaho
$62,110
$27,100 130
12 Washington
$61,640
$30,290 1,250
13 Pennsylvania
$60,890
$32,080 1,490
14 Illinois
$60,780
$35,960 1,460
15 New Jersey
$60,130
$38,780 860
16 North Carolina
$60,100
$33,500 830
17 Minnesota
$58,300
$21,830 940
18 Delaware
$57,540
$28,430 50
19 Missouri
$57,540
$30,060 830
20 Georgia
$57,400
$26,440 770
21 Michigan
$57,150
$29,740 730
22 Rhode Island
$56,380
$24,720 100
23 West Virginia
$51,440
$31,700 120
24 Florida
$51,080
$27,270 1,830
25 Texas
$50,910
$20,300 2,060
26 South Carolina
$50,750
$33,320 220
27 Arizona
$50,350
$18,470 530
28 Ohio
$49,440
$25,950 1,480
29 Louisiana
$49,090
$25,850 220
30 New Mexico
$48,970
$27,670 150
31 Nevada
$48,560
$35,010 210
32 Vermont
$48,140
$31,340 150
33 Oklahoma
$47,740
$27,960 300
34 Tennessee
$47,350
$26,330 700
35 New Hampshire
$46,530
$17,810 380
36 Hawaii
$46,490
$31,080 120
37 Kentucky
$45,450
$21,720 390
38 Kansas
$43,830
$17,980 300
39 South Dakota
$43,390
$28,440 50
40 Wisconsin
$42,590
$25,540 700
41 Indiana
$42,220
$18,910 510
42 Utah
$41,840
$24,860 690
43 Nebraska
$41,120
$19,100 350
44 Arkansas
$40,890
$27,300 100
45 Iowa
$40,470
$22,680 360
46 Alabama
$40,020
$27,890 220
47 Maine
$38,680
$18,700 150
48 Montana
$37,330
$18,190 100
49 Mississippi
$35,780
$17,240 140
50 North Dakota
$35,730
$23,010 210
51 Puerto Rico
$27,280
$16,930 50
See also: Highest paying industries for writers and authors, Top Paying Jobs in America.