Salary for Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

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Also known as:  Advertising Copy Writer, Advertising Copywriter, Author, Biographer, Copy Writer, Copywriter, Lyricist, Novelist, Playwright, Poet

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Poets, lyricists and creative writers produce original works in formats including poetry, short stories, memoirs, fiction, and creative nonfiction. These individuals carefully research and relate stories, craft prose and create poetry. They may rewrite works several times in order to please publishers, editors, agents, producers and/or clients. Their work may be designed to be read or spoken, and is designed to tell stories, evoke emotions and/or convey ideas. These professionals also follow specific procedures in order to ensure that their work is copyrighted. Many professionals in this field do not have high school diplomas, although others have pursued graduate education. The primary qualification for this profession is an excellent command of the English language.

A Poet, Lyricist or Creative Writer will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $35,880 - $133,460 depending on experience. will normally receive average salaries of seventy-eight thousand six hundred and eigthy dollars each year.

are compensated most highly in District of Columbia, where they earn average job salaries of close to about $104,720. People in this career receive the best pay in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they receive wages of $102,840.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.25 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$102,840
Public Administration
$87,220
Finance and Insurance
$80,990
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$78,760
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$78,600
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$77,750

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
$56,660
Health Care and Social Assistance
$62,530
Transportation and Warehousing
$64,880
Educational Services
$66,300
Manufacturing
$66,780
Retail Trade
$70,020