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Writers and Authors Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for writers and authors in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of writers and authors among Washington 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,890
25th Percentile Wage
$46,210
50th Percentile Wage
$59,780
75th Percentile Wage
$78,200
90th Percentile Wage
$102,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for writers and authors in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $102,250. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $59,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,890.

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
$59,780
-3.11% -20.94%
2016
$61,640
-5.22% -
2015
$64,860
-4.67% -
2014
$67,890
6.63% -
2013
$63,390
-14.06% -
2012
$72,300
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of writers and authors in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of writers and authors in state of Washington ranges from $39,720 to $67,050. The highest paying area for writers and authors in Washington is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro with a median annual salary of $67,050. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Bremerton-Silverdale (mean annual salary $65,310). The lowest paying area is Bellingham with a median annual salary of $39,720.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$67,050
Bremerton-Silverdale
$65,310
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$60,980
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$60,620
Spokane
$51,010
Tacoma
$48,440
Bellingham
$39,720




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