Salary for Writers and Authors

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 talent cluster and get scouted today!

Writers and authors create original written material, including short stories, poems, scripts, and advertisments. These professionals are not always required to have a high school diploma or degree, but many choose to pursue college or even graduate education. The primary qualification for these positions is a strong command of English grammar and syntax coupled with a good vocabulary. Individuals in these fields may work independently or as a part of larger organizations.

A Writer or Author usually receives average salaries ranging from 48000 and 72000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Writers and Authors will most likely earn a wage of Sixty Five Thousand Nine Hundred dollars annually.

Writers and Authors receive the highest compensation in California, where they receive a compensation of close to $87600. Employees with these jobs can make the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they earn normal pay levels 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.


Writers and Authors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Retail Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services