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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 $93,010, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for writers and authors. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $74,670). 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 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
$93,010
$52,870 1,170
2 New York
$74,670
$40,840 7,310
3 California
$74,280
$43,010 7,990
4 Maryland
$71,680
$36,430 1,020
5 Alaska
$70,300
$43,530 130
6 Connecticut
$68,110
$25,250 630
7 Virginia
$64,270
$33,800 1,290
8 Massachusetts
$64,040
$32,600 1,680
9 West Virginia
$61,870
$31,870 100
10 Rhode Island
$61,670
$34,670 170
11 Oregon
$61,080
$35,360 700
12 North Carolina
$60,430
$32,070 830
13 Minnesota
$60,330
$33,450 1,070
14 New Jersey
$60,130
$38,780 1,090
15 Washington
$59,780
$28,890 1,300
16 Georgia
$59,330
$27,700 720
17 Missouri
$59,280
$33,620 730
18 Illinois
$58,950
$31,920 1,880
19 Colorado
$58,280
$27,300 650
20 Michigan
$56,650
$32,880 840
21 Pennsylvania
$55,000
$29,070 1,260
22 Texas
$53,950
$25,170 2,110
23 Arizona
$53,790
$20,810 420
24 Nevada
$51,780
$34,990 260
25 Delaware
$50,930
$30,470 60
26 South Carolina
$50,750
$33,320 240
27 Florida
$49,580
$26,700 1,710
28 New Hampshire
$49,390
$27,630 280
29 Wyoming
$49,010
$22,140 40
30 New Mexico
$48,750
$29,490 90
31 Kentucky
$48,620
$28,680 360
32 Tennessee
$48,610
$20,830 710
33 Kansas
$48,570
$23,270 300
34 Oklahoma
$46,640
$27,780 280
35 Hawaii
$46,490
$31,080 100
36 North Dakota
$46,040
$24,950 190
37 Indiana
$45,980
$19,530 510
38 Idaho
$45,330
$23,040 150
39 Vermont
$44,930
$31,940 160
40 Wisconsin
$44,750
$23,900 650
41 Iowa
$44,510
$21,580 450
42 Ohio
$44,440
$23,550 1,520
43 South Dakota
$43,910
$28,310 60
44 Arkansas
$43,870
$24,910 120
45 Utah
$43,790
$27,480 780
46 Alabama
$40,690
$27,300 180
47 Louisiana
$39,980
$20,390 310
48 Nebraska
$39,600
$19,440 280
49 Montana
$38,550
$18,660 150
50 Mississippi
$35,780
$17,240 150
51 Maine
$31,370
$19,290 140
52 Puerto Rico
$28,700
$17,730 60
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