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Writers and Authors Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for writers and authors in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of writers and authors among Illinois metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Writers and Authors in Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,920
25th Percentile Wage
$42,390
50th Percentile Wage
$58,950
75th Percentile Wage
$77,790
90th Percentile Wage
$107,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $107,320. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $58,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,920.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of writers and authors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$58,950
-3.10% 1.34%
2016
$60,780
-3.22% -
2015
$62,740
-1.53% -
2014
$63,700
4.24% -
2013
$61,000
4.66% -
2012
$58,160
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Writers and Authors in Illinois Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of writers and authors in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of writers and authors in state of Illinois ranges from $28,900 to $64,480. The highest paying area for writers and authors in Illinois is Champaign-Urbana with a median annual salary of $64,480. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) (mean annual salary $60,210). The lowest paying area is West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $28,900.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Champaign-Urbana
$64,480
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$60,210
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$59,700
Peoria
$59,390
Rockford
$51,100
Springfield
$34,810
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$30,420
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$28,900




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