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Writers and Authors in West Virginia

Considering a career as a Writer or Author in West Virginia?

3.7% Jobs Projection
$59,970 Median Salary
50 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Writers and Authors Work in West Virginia?

In West Virginia, there were 130 people working as Writers and Authors in the year 2018.

There were 100 Writers and Authors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 30 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Writers and Authors in WV Employment Trend

The typical state has 445 Writers and Authors working in it, which means West Virginia has fewer Writers and Authors than average.

Writers and Authors in WV vs. the Average State

Job Projections for West Virginia

Jobs for Writers and Authors in this state are growing at a rate of 3.7% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.6%.

Job Projections for Writers and Authors: Nation vs. WV

West Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 50 annual Writers and Authors job openings in West Virginia, and 560 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 West Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Writers and Authors ranged from $30,650 to $103,730 with $59,970 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.74 to $49.87. The median hourly rate was $28.83.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $29.74 an hour.

The hourly rate declined by $0.91.

The median salary in West Virginia is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Writers and Authors Earnings: WV vs. National Average

Top West Virginia 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
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,230 $92,430

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 WV Employment Total
Editors 170
Technical Writers 60


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