Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

27-3043 Writers and Authors

Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material. Excludes "Public Relations Specialists" (27-3031) and "Technical Writers" (27-3042).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,500 2.0 % $32.63 $67,870 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.77 $19.67 $28.30 $40.28 $55.20
Annual Wage (2) $28,640 $40,920 $58,850 $83,790 $114,820


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,140 1.51 $37.26 $77,490
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,060 1.44 $26.75 $55,640
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,530 6.61 $42.87 $89,170
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,890 0.77 (8) (8)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,120 0.96 $27.80 $57,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,530 6.61 $42.87 $89,170
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,140 1.51 $37.26 $77,490
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,060 1.44 $26.75 $55,640
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,120 0.96 $27.80 $57,830
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,890 0.77 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,530 6.61 $42.87 $89,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,130 0.06 $42.81 $89,050
Employment Services 390 0.01 $41.61 $86,560
Depository Credit Intermediation 50 (7) $41.35 $86,010
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 140 0.22 $40.59 $84,430


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,370 0.49 1.51 $40.20 $83,620
New York 6,710 0.76 2.37 $39.11 $81,340
Texas 2,620 0.23 0.73 $26.82 $55,780
Florida 1,910 0.25 0.77 $26.37 $54,850
Illinois 1,640 0.28 0.88 $34.01 $70,750



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,250 1.85 5.75 $42.50 $88,390
New York 6,710 0.76 2.37 $39.11 $81,340
California 7,370 0.49 1.51 $40.20 $83,620
New Hampshire 280 0.45 1.39 $27.04 $56,240
Oregon 700 0.41 1.28 $31.83 $66,200



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,250 1.85 5.75 $42.50 $88,390
California 7,370 0.49 1.51 $40.20 $83,620
New York 6,710 0.76 2.37 $39.11 $81,340
Connecticut 530 0.32 1.01 $37.28 $77,550
Maryland 1,050 0.41 1.27 $36.63 $76,190




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,800 1.08 3.34 $40.40 $84,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,300 1.06 3.29 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.85 2.64 $40.47 $84,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.34 1.05 $35.44 $73,710
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 910 0.61 1.89 $35.13 $73,080
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 860 0.79 2.46 $35.35 $73,520
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 750 0.40 1.24 $32.35 $67,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 750 0.41 1.27 $29.66 $61,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 750 0.42 1.29 $36.52 $75,960
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 660 0.75 2.32 $26.39 $54,890



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 60 1.08 3.37 $33.09 $68,830
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,800 1.08 3.34 $40.40 $84,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,300 1.06 3.29 (8) (8)
Manchester, NH 90 0.87 2.69 $23.64 $49,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.85 2.64 $40.47 $84,190
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 230 0.82 2.56 $30.48 $63,410
Ithaca, NY 40 0.80 2.48 $30.65 $63,760
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 860 0.79 2.46 $35.35 $73,520
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 420 0.75 2.33 $37.06 $77,090
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 660 0.75 2.32 $26.39 $54,890



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 140 0.26 0.79 $40.88 $85,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.85 2.64 $40.47 $84,190
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,800 1.08 3.34 $40.40 $84,030
Boulder, CO 90 0.55 1.71 $38.83 $80,770
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 260 0.21 0.64 $38.79 $80,680
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.22 0.69 $38.43 $79,940
Baltimore-Towson, MD 450 0.35 1.08 $37.36 $77,720
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 420 0.75 2.33 $37.06 $77,090
Fargo, ND-MN 40 0.27 0.82 $36.65 $76,240
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 750 0.42 1.29 $36.52 $75,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.62 1.94 $15.48 $32,190
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.14 0.43 $16.06 $33,400
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.40 $33.27 $69,200
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.51 $17.50 $36,410
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.74 $19.91 $41,410

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.62 1.94 $15.48 $32,190
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.40 $33.27 $69,200
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 1.14 $16.69 $34,720
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.07 $21.28 $44,260
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 0.91 $15.19 $31,590

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.40 $33.27 $69,200
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.52 $26.56 $55,250
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.25 $48,360
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 0.70 $21.71 $45,150
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.07 $21.28 $44,260


About May 2014 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015