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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Writers and Authors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

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
$61,820
0.94% 9.51%
2016
$61,240
1.62% -
2015
$60,250
2.32% -
2014
$58,850
1.87% -
2013
$57,750
3.13% -
2012
$55,940
- -

Table 2. Writers and Authors Salary by Industry Sector

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
$78,170
Construction
$67,650
Manufacturing
$67,580
Finance and Insurance
$67,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,050
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$63,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,520
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$63,370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,070
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$59,800
Information
$59,580
Educational Services
$58,740
Transportation and Warehousing
$58,510
Wholesale Trade
$55,330
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,270
Retail Trade
$50,830
Accommodation and Food Services
$39,250

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 $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
$93,010
New York
$74,670
California
$74,280
Maryland
$71,680
Alaska
$70,300
Connecticut
$68,110
Virginia
$64,270
Massachusetts
$64,040
West Virginia
$61,870
Rhode Island
$61,670
Oregon
$61,080
North Carolina
$60,430
Minnesota
$60,330
New Jersey
$60,130
Washington
$59,780
Georgia
$59,330
Missouri
$59,280
Illinois
$58,950
Colorado
$58,280
Michigan
$56,650
Pennsylvania
$55,000
Texas
$53,950
Arizona
$53,790
Nevada
$51,780
Delaware
$50,930
South Carolina
$50,750
Florida
$49,580
New Hampshire
$49,390
Wyoming
$49,010
New Mexico
$48,750
Kentucky
$48,620
Tennessee
$48,610
Kansas
$48,570
Oklahoma
$46,640
Hawaii
$46,490
North Dakota
$46,040
Indiana
$45,980
Idaho
$45,330
Vermont
$44,930
Wisconsin
$44,750
Iowa
$44,510
Ohio
$44,440
South Dakota
$43,910
Arkansas
$43,870
Utah
$43,790
Alabama
$40,690
Louisiana
$39,980
Nebraska
$39,600
Montana
$38,550
Mississippi
$35,780
Maine
$31,370
Puerto Rico
$28,700



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