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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
$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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$63,520
-1.32% 2.98%
2016
$64,360
-0.03% -
2015
$64,380
0.95% -
2014
$63,770
1.82% -
2013
$62,610
1.57% -
2012
$61,630
- -

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

The average salaries of writers and authors in 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
$86,100
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$74,460
Scientific Research and Development Services
$72,250
Legal Services
$70,030
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$68,980
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$68,050
Specialized Design Services
$65,640
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,520
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$63,440
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$62,810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$62,120
Testing Laboratories
$58,630
Engineering Services
$58,350
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,410
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$55,570

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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