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Writers and Authors in Pennsylvania

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1.8% Jobs Projection
$55,920 Median Salary
350 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Writers and Authors Work in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, there were 1,400 people working as Writers and Authors in the year 2018.

There were 1,260 Writers and Authors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 140 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Writers and Authors in PA Employment Trend

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

Writers and Authors in PA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Pennsylvania

Jobs for Writers and Authors in this state are growing at a rate of 1.8% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.6%.

Job Projections for Writers and Authors: Nation vs. PA

Pennsylvania Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 350 annual job openings, and a total of 4,070 jobs for Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania?

In 2018 wages for Writers and Authors ranged from $29,820 to $95,550 with $55,920 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.34 to $45.94. The median hourly rate was $26.89.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $26.44 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.45.

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

Writers and Authors Earnings: PA vs. National Average

Top Pennsylvania 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
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 930 $59,500
Pittsburgh, PA 220 $54,870
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 70 $52,890
Lancaster, PA 60 $36,720
York-Hanover, PA 50 $31,340
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 40 $60,710

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 PA Employment Total
Editors 3,020
Technical Writers 1,810

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