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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 cities 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 New York

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,840
25th Percentile Wage
$55,750
50th Percentile Wage
$74,670
75th Percentile Wage
$103,480
90th Percentile Wage
$145,230

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 $145,230. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $74,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,840.

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
$74,670
2.56% 10.85%
2016
$72,760
-0.73% -
2015
$73,290
3.15% -
2014
$70,980
2.30% -
2013
$69,350
4.01% -
2012
$66,570
- -

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 $46,170 to $75,100. The highest paying area for writers and authors in New York is New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island with a median annual salary of $75,100. The second highest paying city/area in New York State is New York-White Plains-Wayne (mean annual salary $73,040). The lowest paying area is Syracuse with a median annual salary of $46,170.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$75,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$73,040
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
$71,270
Ithaca
$69,290
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$65,900
Nassau-Suffolk
$60,480
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$59,610
Rochester
$57,400
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$51,890
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$48,320
Syracuse
$46,170




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