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

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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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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

Writers and Authors 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