Writers and Authors Salary in Sector of Information

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

Average Annual Salary of Writers and Authors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,590
25th Percentile Wage
$38,190
50th Percentile Wage
$57,640
75th Percentile Wage
$80,630
90th Percentile Wage
$118,740

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors 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 authors is $118,740. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and authors is $26,590.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,6400.00%9.89%
201557,6404.98%-
201454,7700.99%-
201354,2304.22%-
201251,940--

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

The average salaries of writers and authors in 18 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 authors occupations is the motion picture and video industries industry with an annual salary $88,170. The lowest paying industry is the newspaper publishers industry (annual salary $43,170). For detailed writers and authors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Motion Picture and Video Industries
$88,170
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$87,350
Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$69,180
Software Publishers
$66,670
Telecommunications
$63,390
Television Broadcasting
$58,450
Broadcasting (except Internet)
$56,550
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$55,140
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$55,140
Radio and Television Broadcasting
$55,100
Other Information Services
$52,740
Other Information Services
$52,740
Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$51,570
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$50,610
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$45,900
Radio Broadcasting
$44,090
Sound Recording Industries
$43,450
Newspaper Publishers
$43,170

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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