Writers and Editors Salary in Sector of Information

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

Average Annual Salary of Writers and Editors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,770
25th Percentile Wage
$39,310
50th Percentile Wage
$56,610
75th Percentile Wage
$79,500
90th Percentile Wage
$112,980

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and editors in the industry sector of information. 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 editors is $112,980. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and editors is $28,770.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of writers and editors in the industry sector of information from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201656,6100.81%4.24%
201556,1501.91%-
201455,0800.44%-
201354,8401.15%-
201254,210--

Compare Writers and Editors Salary in Different Industries within the Information Sector

The average salaries of writers and editors in 20 industries in the information sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for writers and editors occupations is the software publishers industry with an annual salary $72,270. The lowest paying industry is the wired telecommunications carriers industry (annual salary $47,530). For detailed writers and editors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Software Publishers
$72,270
Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$70,050
Motion Picture and Video Industries
$64,200
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$64,000
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$63,930
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$63,930
Sound Recording Industries
$62,050
Telecommunications
$57,500
Other Information Services
$57,310
Other Information Services
$57,310
Broadcasting (except Internet)
$55,710
Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$55,470
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$54,570
Other Telecommunications
$54,250
Television Broadcasting
$54,190
Radio and Television Broadcasting
$53,290
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$50,160
Radio Broadcasting
$48,110
Newspaper Publishers
$47,770
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$47,530

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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