Writers and Editors Salary Information

The salary statistics of writers and editors are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of writers and editors in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of writers and editors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The writers and editors 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 Editors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,010
25th Percentile Wage
$44,210
50th Percentile Wage
$61,550
75th Percentile Wage
$83,270
90th Percentile Wage
$112,960

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and editors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) writers and editors is $112,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,010. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 252% 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 editors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201661,5501.19%6.65%
201560,8201.83%-
201459,7101.69%-
201358,7002.11%-
201257,460--

Table 2. Writers and Editors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of writers and editors in 18 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 editors occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $92,010. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $41,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$92,010
Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,540
Manufacturing
$69,290
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,200
Finance and Insurance
$67,420
Construction
$67,080
Wholesale Trade
$66,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$65,140
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$64,450
Transportation and Warehousing
$64,100
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$63,900
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$63,210
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$60,670
Health Care and Social Assistance
$59,490
Educational Services
$58,380
Information
$56,610
Retail Trade
$51,780
Accommodation and Food Services
$41,010


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