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

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

Average Annual Salary of Writers and Authors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,840
25th Percentile Wage
$38,900
50th Percentile Wage
$61,990
75th Percentile Wage
$104,430
90th Percentile Wage
$158,080

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors 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 authors is $158,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and authors is $25,840.

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 arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201661,9905.79%4.36%
201558,400-3.94%-
201460,700-2.13%-
201361,9904.36%-
201259,290--

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

The average salaries of writers and authors in eleven 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 authors occupations is the independent artists, writers, and performers industry with an annual salary $65,910. The lowest paying industry is the amusement parks and arcades industry (annual salary $40,240). For detailed writers and authors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$65,910
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$63,850
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$56,660
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$51,170
Performing Arts Companies
$47,870
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$47,320
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$47,320
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$46,540
Spectator Sports
$45,170
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$40,560
Amusement Parks and Arcades
$40,240

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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