Writers and Authors Salary Information

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Writers and Authors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,380
25th Percentile Wage
$43,130
50th Percentile Wage
$61,240
75th Percentile Wage
$83,500
90th Percentile Wage
$118,640

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 $118,640. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,380. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 303% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201661,2401.62%8.65%
201560,2502.32%-
201458,8501.87%-
201357,7503.13%-
201255,940--

Table 2. Writers and Authors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of writers and authors in 15 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 $77,490. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $51,410).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$77,490
Manufacturing
$75,590
Finance and Insurance
$67,380
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$65,190
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$62,100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,990
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,960
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$58,750
Transportation and Warehousing
$57,700
Information
$57,640
Educational Services
$57,050
Wholesale Trade
$54,880
Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,340
Retail Trade
$51,410

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Writers and Authors by States

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 $27,280 to $91,120. The highest paying state for writers and authors is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $91,120. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $27,280. 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
$91,120
Maryland
$73,660
New York
$72,760
California
$71,340
Alaska
$70,120
Connecticut
$66,930
Colorado
$66,790
Oregon
$64,590
Virginia
$62,600
Massachusetts
$62,360
Idaho
$62,110
Washington
$61,640
Pennsylvania
$60,890
Illinois
$60,780
New Jersey
$60,130
North Carolina
$60,100
Minnesota
$58,300
Delaware
$57,540
Missouri
$57,540
Georgia
$57,400
Michigan
$57,150
Rhode Island
$56,380
West Virginia
$51,440
Florida
$51,080
Texas
$50,910
South Carolina
$50,750
Arizona
$50,350
Ohio
$49,440
Louisiana
$49,090
New Mexico
$48,970
Nevada
$48,560
Vermont
$48,140
Oklahoma
$47,740
Tennessee
$47,350
New Hampshire
$46,530
Hawaii
$46,490
Kentucky
$45,450
Kansas
$43,830
South Dakota
$43,390
Wisconsin
$42,590
Indiana
$42,220
Utah
$41,840
Nebraska
$41,120
Arkansas
$40,890
Iowa
$40,470
Alabama
$40,020
Maine
$38,680
Montana
$37,330
Mississippi
$35,780
North Dakota
$35,730
Puerto Rico
$27,280


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