Salary for Writers and Authors

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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!

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 will normally get salaries ranging from $35,880 to $133,460 based on experience and education levels. can get an average pay level of seventy-eight thousand six hundred and eigthy dollars per annum.

are compensated most highly in District of Columbia, where they get an average salary rate of close to about $104,720. These professionals make the highest salary in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they can earn 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.


Writers and Authors 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