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8.6% Jobs Projection
$75,400 Median Salary
2,270 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Writers and Authors in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Writers and Authors in California is growing faster than average.

  • Writers and Authors in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Writers and Authors Work in California?

In 2018, there were 7,910 Writers and Authors working in the state.

There were 7,990 Writers and Authors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 80 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Writers and Authors in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 445 Writers and Authors working in it, which means California has more Writers and Authors than average.

Writers and Authors in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Writers and Authors in this state are growing at a rate of 8.6% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.6%.

Job Projections for Writers and Authors: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 2,270 annual Writers and Authors job openings in California, and 25,300 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 12,600 annual jobs and 141,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Writers and Authors Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Writers and Authors ranged from $42,510 to $189,850 with $75,400 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $20.44 to $91.28. The median hourly rate was $36.25.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $35.71 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.54.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Writers and Authors Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Writers and Authors

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Writers and Authors.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,680 $78,840
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,280 $78,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 460 $71,220
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 420 $52,030
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 270 $62,960
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 190 $65,990
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 $62,660
Bakersfield, CA 40 $69,200
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 $53,360
Santa Rosa, CA 30 $63,300

Top States for Writers and Authors Employment

The table below shows the states where most Writers and Authors work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 7,910 $75,400
New York 7,410 $73,480
Texas 2,110 $53,730
Illinois 1,880 $58,990
Florida 1,830 $47,190
Massachusetts 1,490 $64,380
Washington 1,400 $61,060
Pennsylvania 1,400 $55,920
Ohio 1,360 $45,230
District of Columbia 1,250 $100,210
Virginia 1,220 $66,340
Michigan 1,120 $54,580
Minnesota 1,090 $61,880
New Jersey 1,050 $63,290
Georgia 960 $56,420
North Carolina 950 $57,510
Maryland 920 $67,120
Tennessee 750 $51,160
Oregon 700 $59,960
Utah 660 $48,460

Below are the states where Writers and Authors get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $100,210
California $75,400
Connecticut $74,860
New York $73,480
Maryland $67,120
Virginia $66,340
Massachusetts $64,380
Alaska $64,330
Vermont $64,140
New Jersey $63,290

You may also be interested in the following careers:

Occupation CA Employment Total
Editors 11,060
Technical Writers 6,240

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