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Writers and Editors Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

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

Average Annual Salary of Writers and Editors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,050
25th Percentile Wage
$51,990
50th Percentile Wage
$68,520
75th Percentile Wage
$92,070
90th Percentile Wage
$120,760

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and editors in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $120,760. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and editors is $38,050.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of writers and editors in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$68,520
0.47% 7.75%
2016
$68,200
0.26% -
2015
$68,020
2.43% -
2014
$66,370
2.61% -
2013
$64,640
2.21% -
2012
$63,210
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Compare Writers and Editors Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of writers and editors in 15 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $74,120. The lowest paying industry is the photographic services industry (annual salary $48,290). For detailed writers and editors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$74,120
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$73,830
Scientific Research and Development Services
$73,490
Legal Services
$72,400
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$70,220
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$68,990
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$68,920
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,520
Engineering Services
$68,390
Specialized Design Services
$67,970
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$67,650
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$67,010
Testing Laboratories
$60,020
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$58,730
Photographic Services
$48,290

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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