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

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

Average Annual Salary of Writers and Authors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,700
25th Percentile Wage
$45,740
50th Percentile Wage
$64,360
75th Percentile Wage
$88,060
90th Percentile Wage
$118,100

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors 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 authors is $118,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $64,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and authors is $31,700.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201664,360-0.03%4.24%
201564,3800.95%-
201463,7701.82%-
201362,6101.57%-
201261,630--

Compare Writers and Authors Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of writers and authors in 14 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 authors occupations is the legal services industry with an annual salary $80,720. The lowest paying industry is the computer systems design and related services industry (annual salary $55,180). For detailed writers and authors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Legal Services
$80,720
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$78,430
Scientific Research and Development Services
$76,400
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$72,190
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$72,000
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$67,070
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,360
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$62,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$62,500
Specialized Design Services
$59,820
Engineering Services
$59,250
Testing Laboratories
$58,630
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,430
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$55,180

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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