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All About Writers and Authors

Job Description & Duties Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Types of Writer or Author

  • Short Story Writer
  • Lyricist
  • Screen Writer
  • Playwright
  • Advertising Copywriter

What Kind of Writer or Author Job Opportunities Are There?

In the United States, there were 131,200 jobs for Writer or Author in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 10,000 new jobs for Writer or Author by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 12,600 job openings in this field each year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Writers and Authors in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Writer or Author are Utah, Washington, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, New Mexico, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Writer or Author Make?

The average yearly salary of a Writer or Author ranges between $31,700 and $121,670.

Salary Ranges for Writers and Authors

Writers and Authors who work in District of Columbia, California, or Connecticut, make the highest salaries.

How much do Writers and Authors make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $58,590
Alaska $64,200
Arizona $55,410
Arkansas $48,670
California $96,910
Colorado $65,450
Connecticut $78,440
Delaware $60,690
District of Columbia $101,690
Florida $53,140
Georgia $63,260
Hawaii $50,740
Idaho $52,570
Illinois $68,710
Indiana $61,920
Iowa $50,680
Kansas $62,670
Kentucky $54,320
Louisiana $44,710
Maine $61,090
Maryland $75,430
Massachusetts $70,000
Michigan $60,850
Minnesota $67,300
Mississippi $53,810
Missouri $57,420
Montana $47,440
Nebraska $45,280
Nevada $53,730
New Hampshire $56,850
New Jersey $81,160
New Mexico $49,460
New York $86,380
North Carolina $67,250
North Dakota $48,060
Ohio $48,380
Oklahoma $50,490
Oregon $69,050
Pennsylvania $60,140
Rhode Island $63,820
South Dakota $49,410
Tennessee $55,370
Texas $56,680
Utah $54,660
Vermont $62,260
Virginia $68,600
Washington $65,200
West Virginia $64,480
Wisconsin $59,360

Writers and Authors Sector

Writer or Author Sectors

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Writer or Author Industries


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