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Writers and Authors Salary Information in New York

The average annual and hourly salaries for writers and authors in the state of New York are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of writers and authors amongst New York 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,190
25th Percentile Wage
$54,000
50th Percentile Wage
$72,760
75th Percentile Wage
$99,940
90th Percentile Wage
$139,690

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors in New York in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $139,690. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $72,760. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,190.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19.32
25th Percentile Wage
$25.96
50th Percentile Wage
$34.97
75th Percentile Wage
$48.05
90th Percentile Wage
$67.16

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for writers and authors in New York in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $67.16. The median hourly salary is $34.97. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.32.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of writers and authors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201672,760-0.73%8.51%
201573,2903.15%-
201470,9802.30%-
201369,3504.01%-
201266,570--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of writers and authors in some New York cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of writers and authors in state of New York ranges from $48,320 to $73,040. The highest paying area for writers and authors in New York is New York-White Plains-Wayne with a median annual salary of $73,040. The second highest paying city/area in New York State is New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (mean annual salary $72,650). The lowest paying area is Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown with a median annual salary of $48,320.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$73,040
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$72,650
Rochester
$66,010
Nassau-Suffolk
$63,590
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$62,370
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$58,320
Syracuse
$52,780
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$48,320



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