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Writers and Authors Salary Information in Virginia

The average annual and hourly salaries for writers and authors in the state of Virginia are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of writers and authors among Virginia cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Writers and Authors in Virginia

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,020
25th Percentile Wage
$48,020
50th Percentile Wage
$62,600
75th Percentile Wage
$82,740
90th Percentile Wage
$103,340

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $103,340. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $62,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,020.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.84
25th Percentile Wage
$23.09
50th Percentile Wage
$30.10
75th Percentile Wage
$39.78
90th Percentile Wage
$49.68

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for writers and authors in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $49.68. The median hourly salary is $30.10. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.84.

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
201662,6001.50%6.50%
201561,660-2.32%-
201463,0906.36%-
201359,0800.93%-
201258,530--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of writers and authors in some Virginia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of writers and authors in state of Virginia ranges from $39,380 to $56,890. The highest paying area for writers and authors in Virginia is Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News with a median annual salary of $56,890. The second highest paying city/area in Virginia State is Richmond (mean annual salary $56,200). The lowest paying area is Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $39,380.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
$56,890
Richmond
$56,200
Charlottesville
$53,550
Roanoke
$46,560
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford
$39,850
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
$39,380


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