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Writers and Authors Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for writers and authors in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of writers and authors among Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,070
25th Percentile Wage
$42,740
50th Percentile Wage
$55,000
75th Percentile Wage
$74,220
90th Percentile Wage
$94,310

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $94,310. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $55,000. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,070.

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
$55,000
-10.71% 5.84%
2016
$60,890
5.34% -
2015
$57,640
4.79% -
2014
$54,880
0.05% -
2013
$54,850
5.58% -
2012
$51,790
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of writers and authors in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of writers and authors in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $19,190 to $61,160. The highest paying area for writers and authors in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia with a median annual salary of $61,160. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (mean annual salary $60,450). The lowest paying area is West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $19,190.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Philadelphia
$61,160
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$60,450
York-Hanover
$59,910
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$59,170
Reading
$56,070
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$54,330
Pittsburgh
$52,450
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$51,720
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$50,960
Newark-Union
$47,360
Lancaster
$35,280
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$28,350
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$25,590
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$19,190




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