Writers and Editors Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of writers and editors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare writers and editors salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Writers and Editors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,100
25th Percentile Wage
$39,650
50th Percentile Wage
$60,380
75th Percentile Wage
$85,240
90th Percentile Wage
$196,370

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and editors in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. 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 $196,370. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and editors is $26,100.

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 arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,380
-0.48% 4.54%
2016
$60,670
3.23% -
2015
$58,710
-0.46% -
2014
$58,980
-0.66% -
2013
$59,370
2.91% -
2012
$57,640
- -

Compare Writers and Editors Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of writers and editors in twelve industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation 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 independent artists, writers, and performers industry with an annual salary $64,780. The lowest paying industry is the theater companies and dinner theaters industry (annual salary $44,280). For detailed writers and editors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$64,780
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$61,580
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$60,450
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$54,470
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$54,470
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$53,220
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$51,290
Spectator Sports
$50,070
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
$48,870
Performing Arts Companies
$47,770
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$44,900
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$44,280

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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