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Want to work in New York as a Writer or Author? Read this first!

11.9% Jobs Projection
$73,480 Median Salary
1,210 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Writers and Authors Work in New York?

There were approximately 7,410 workers employed as Writers and Authors in this state in 2018.

There were 7,310 Writers and Authors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 100 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Writers and Authors in NY Employment Trend

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

Writers and Authors in NY vs. the Average State

Job Projections for New York

Jobs for Writers and Authors in this state are growing at a rate of 11.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.6%.

Job Projections for Writers and Authors: Nation vs. NY

New York Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,210 annual job openings, and a total of 13,220 jobs for New York Writers and Authors in 2026.

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

What do Writers and Authors Make in New York?

In 2018 wages for Writers and Authors ranged from $38,550 to $148,070 with $73,480 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $18.53 to $71.19. The median hourly rate was $35.33.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $35.9 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.57.

The median salary in New York is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Writers and Authors Earnings: NY vs. National Average

Top New York 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
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,490 $73,960
Rochester, NY 120 $54,150
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 120 $64,920
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 70 $46,080
Kingston, NY 50 $29,060
Syracuse, NY 50 $47,080
Ithaca, NY 40 $66,080

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 NY Employment Total
Editors 19,140
Technical Writers 2,460


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