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.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$33,430|
|25th Percentile Wage||$47,280|
|50th Percentile Wage||$63,520|
|75th Percentile Wage||$86,180|
|90th Percentile Wage||$118,300|
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 $118,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and authors is $33,430.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of writers and authors in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of writers and authors 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 authors occupations is the photographic services industry with an annual salary $86,100. The lowest paying industry is the computer systems design and related services industry (annual salary $55,570). For detailed writers and authors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Photographic Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences|| |
|Scientific Research and Development Services|| |
|Legal Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities|| |
|Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services|| |
|Specialized Design Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services|| |
|Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services|| |
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services|| |
|Testing Laboratories|| |
|Engineering Services|| |
|Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 .