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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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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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.


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

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration
Finance and Insurance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Retail Trade
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