Writers and Authors Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of writers and authors in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare writers and authors salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Writers and Authors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,690
25th Percentile Wage
$56,180
50th Percentile Wage
$78,170
75th Percentile Wage
$103,630
90th Percentile Wage
$123,000

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $123,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid writers and authors is $41,690.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$78,170
0.87% 6.11%
2016
$77,490
5.91% -
2015
$72,910
-3.36% -
2014
$75,360
2.96% -
2013
$73,130
-0.36% -
2012
$73,390
- -

Compare Writers and Authors Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of writers and authors in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $96,030. The lowest paying industry is the state government, excluding schools and hospitals (oes designation) industry (annual salary $51,810). For detailed writers and authors salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$96,030
Federal government, including USPS
$96,030
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$78,170
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$66,240
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$56,530
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$54,070
State government, including schools and hospitals
$53,330
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$51,810

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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