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What You Need to Know About Writers and Authors

Example of a Writer or Author Job Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Types of Writer or Author Jobs

  • Program Writer
  • Poet
  • Screen Writer
  • Playwright
  • Copywriter

Job Outlook for Writers and Authors

In the United States, there were 131,200 jobs for Writers and Authors in 2016.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.6% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 10,000 new jobs for Writers and Authors by 2026. The BLS estimates 12,600 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Writers and Authors in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Writers and Authors are California, New York, and Washington.

Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, Vermont, or New Mexico. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Writer or Author Average Salary

The average yearly salary of a Writer or Author ranges between $31,700 and $121,670. The median salary is $62,170.

Salary Ranges for Writers and Authors

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

District of Columbia

$101,690

California

$96,910

New York

$86,380

New Jersey

$81,160

Connecticut

$78,440

Maryland

$75,430

Massachusetts

$70,000

Oregon

$69,050

Illinois

$68,710

Virginia

$68,600

Minnesota

$67,300

North Carolina

$67,250

Colorado

$65,450

Washington

$65,200

West Virginia

$64,480

Alaska

$64,200

Rhode Island

$63,820

Georgia

$63,260

Kansas

$62,670

Vermont

$62,260

Indiana

$61,920

Maine

$61,090

Michigan

$60,850

Delaware

$60,690

Pennsylvania

$60,140

Wisconsin

$59,360

Alabama

$58,590

Missouri

$57,420

New Hampshire

$56,850

Texas

$56,680

Arizona

$55,410

Tennessee

$55,370

Utah

$54,660

Kentucky

$54,320

Mississippi

$53,810

Nevada

$53,730

Florida

$53,140

Idaho

$52,570

Hawaii

$50,740

Iowa

$50,680

Oklahoma

$50,490

New Mexico

$49,460

South Dakota

$49,410

Arkansas

$48,670

Ohio

$48,380

North Dakota

$48,060

Montana

$47,440

Nebraska

$45,280

Louisiana

$44,710

Where Writers and Authors Work

Writer or Author Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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