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Writers and Authors in Tennessee

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16.7% Jobs Projection
$51,160 Median Salary
240 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Writers and Authors Work in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, there were 750 people working as Writers and Authors in the year 2018.

There were 710 Writers and Authors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 40 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Tennessee

Jobs for Writers and Authors in this state are growing at a rate of 16.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.6%.


Tennessee Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 240 annual Writers and Authors job openings in Tennessee, and 2,510 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 Tennessee?

In 2018 wages for Writers and Authors ranged from $21,040 to $95,610 with $51,160 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $10.12 to $45.97. The median hourly rate was $24.6.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $23.37 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.23.

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


Top Tennessee 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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 270 $62,950
Chattanooga, TN-GA 120 $52,050
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 110 $46,730

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

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