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What Does it Take to Be a Writer or Author?

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

  • Screen Writer
  • Novelist
  • Lyricist
  • Radio Script Writer
  • Television Writer

Job Outlook for Writers and Authors

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 131,200 jobs in the United States for Writer or Author. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 10,000 new jobs for Writer or Author by 2026. There will be an estimated 12,600 positions for Writer or Author per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Writer or Author are Utah, Washington, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, New Mexico, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Writer or Author

The typical yearly salary for Writers and Authors is somewhere between $31,700 and $121,670.

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Writers and Authors who work in District of Columbia, California, or Connecticut, make the highest salaries.

How much do Writers and Authors make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $58,590
Alaska $64,200
Arizona $55,410
Arkansas $48,670
California $96,910
Colorado $65,450
Connecticut $78,440
Delaware $60,690
District of Columbia $101,690
Florida $53,140
Georgia $63,260
Hawaii $50,740
Idaho $52,570
Illinois $68,710
Indiana $61,920
Iowa $50,680
Kansas $62,670
Kentucky $54,320
Louisiana $44,710
Maine $61,090
Maryland $75,430
Massachusetts $70,000
Michigan $60,850
Minnesota $67,300
Mississippi $53,810
Missouri $57,420
Montana $47,440
Nebraska $45,280
Nevada $53,730
New Hampshire $56,850
New Jersey $81,160
New Mexico $49,460
New York $86,380
North Carolina $67,250
North Dakota $48,060
Ohio $48,380
Oklahoma $50,490
Oregon $69,050
Pennsylvania $60,140
Rhode Island $63,820
South Dakota $49,410
Tennessee $55,370
Texas $56,680
Utah $54,660
Vermont $62,260
Virginia $68,600
Washington $65,200
West Virginia $64,480
Wisconsin $59,360

Where do Writers and Authors Work?

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Writers and Authors work in the following industries:

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