Writers and Authors Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

The salary statistics of writers and authors in the industry sector of retail trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare writers and authors salaries in different industries within the retail trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Writers and Authors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors in the industry sector of retail trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) writers and authors is $92,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,830. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and authors is $26,990.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of writers and authors in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
-1.14% 17.06%
2.65% -
4.38% -
5.81% -
6.48% -
- -

Compare Writers and Authors Salary in Different Industries within the Retail Trade Sector

The average salaries of writers and authors in eleven industries in the retail trade sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for writers and authors occupations is the direct selling establishments industry with an annual salary $56,760. The lowest paying industry is the used merchandise stores industry (annual salary $19,100). For detailed writers and authors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Direct Selling Establishments
Nonstore Retailers
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
Sporting Goods Stores
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Automobile Dealers
Used Merchandise Stores

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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