The salary statistics of writers and authors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of writers and authors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The writers and authors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$30,520|
|25th Percentile Wage||$44,310|
|50th Percentile Wage||$61,820|
|75th Percentile Wage||$84,190|
|90th Percentile Wage||$118,760|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) writers and authors is $118,760. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,520. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 289% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of writers and authors from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of writers and authors in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for writers and authors occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $78,170. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $39,250).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
From the above tables we note that not only writers and authors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of writers and authors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $28,700 to $93,010. The highest paying state for writers and authors is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $93,010. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $28,700. For more salary information of writers and authors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |