Salary for Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

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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 can get an average wage ranging between 48000 to 72000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers can expect a pay level of Sixty Five Thousand Nine Hundred dollars annually.

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers can get the highest pay in California, where they receive a compensation of close to $87600. This group of professionals have the highest average potential salary in Public Administration, where they receive average compensation of $92870.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 24.15 percent nationwide in that time.
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers tend to make the most in the following industries
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $92,870
Public Administration $72,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $70,320
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $66,340
Manufacturing $64,990
Information $63,270
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Accommodation and Food Services $43,580
Retail Trade $44,410
Health Care and Social Assistance $53,600
Educational Services $57,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises $58,110
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $58,730