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Writers and Authors in Illinois

Is Illinois a good place for you to work as a Writer or Author?

3.4% Jobs Projection
$58,990 Median Salary
340 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Writers and Authors in Illinois is growing slower than average.

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

How Many Writers and Authors Work in Illinois?

There were approximately 1,880 workers employed as Writers and Authors in this state in 2018.

There were 1,880 Writers and Authors employed in this state in 2017.

The amount of jobs between 2017 and 2018 is holding steady.

Writers and Authors in IL Employment Trend

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

Writers and Authors in IL vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Writers and Authors in this state are growing at a rate of 3.4% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.6%.

Job Projections for Writers and Authors: Nation vs. IL

Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 340 annual job openings, and 3,950 total jobs in 2026 for Writers and Authors in this state.

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

What do Writers and Authors Make in Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Writers and Authors ranged from $30,100 to $112,680 with $58,990 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.47 to $54.17. The median hourly rate was $28.36.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $28.34 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.02.

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

Writers and Authors Earnings: IL vs. National Average

Top Illinois 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
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,770 $59,680
St. Louis, MO-IL 290 $53,340

Top States for Writers and Authors Employment

View the list below to see 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

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Occupation IL Employment Total
Editors 3,830
Technical Writers 1,460

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