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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
45,210 2.1 % $35.14 $73,090 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.24 $21.58 $29.89 $41.14 $58.49
Annual Wage (2) $31,700 $44,890 $62,170 $85,580 $121,670


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 7,190 1.47 $36.48 $75,880
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,900 1.47 $28.50 $59,290
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,600 6.94 $50.22 $104,450
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,330 0.81 (8) (8)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,580 0.18 $32.91 $68,450

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 3,600 6.94 $50.22 $104,450
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,190 1.47 $36.48 $75,880
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,900 1.47 $28.50 $59,290
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,330 0.81 (8) (8)
Other Information Services 2,250 0.76 $30.93 $64,320

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 3,600 6.94 $50.22 $104,450
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,050 0.05 $47.53 $98,870
Legal Services 150 0.01 $42.34 $88,080
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 280 0.03 $41.76 $86,850
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 60 0.04 $41.65 $86,630


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 7,910 0.47 1.49 $46.59 $96,910
New York 7,410 0.79 2.53 $41.53 $86,380
Texas 2,110 0.17 0.56 $27.25 $56,680
Illinois 1,880 0.31 1.00 $33.04 $68,710
Florida 1,830 0.21 0.68 $25.55 $53,140




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 1.76 5.62 $48.89 $101,690
New York 7,410 0.79 2.53 $41.53 $86,380
Vermont 170 0.57 1.83 $29.93 $62,260
New Hampshire 340 0.52 1.68 $27.33 $56,850
California 7,910 0.47 1.49 $46.59 $96,910




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 1.76 5.62 $48.89 $101,690
California 7,910 0.47 1.49 $46.59 $96,910
New York 7,410 0.79 2.53 $41.53 $86,380
New Jersey 1,050 0.26 0.83 $39.02 $81,160
Connecticut 560 0.34 1.08 $37.71 $78,440





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,490 0.79 2.53 $42.59 $88,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,680 0.76 2.45 $52.73 $109,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,230 0.71 2.28 $44.98 $93,560
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,770 0.38 1.22 $33.58 $69,840
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,320 0.48 1.53 $33.38 $69,420
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,280 0.53 1.70 $41.29 $85,890
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,190 0.60 1.92 $31.52 $65,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.49 1.56 $32.77 $68,160
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 930 0.33 1.05 $30.47 $63,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 820 0.31 0.98 $30.45 $63,330




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)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 110 0.86 2.75 $26.68 $55,500
Ithaca, NY 40 0.85 2.73 $33.44 $69,560
Manchester, NH 90 0.83 2.65 $25.82 $53,700
Provo-Orem, UT 200 0.82 2.64 $25.62 $53,300
Kingston, NY 50 0.81 2.60 $16.47 $34,250
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,490 0.79 2.53 $42.59 $88,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,680 0.76 2.45 $52.73 $109,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,230 0.71 2.28 $44.98 $93,560
Ann Arbor, MI 150 0.70 2.24 $27.99 $58,220
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 40 0.68 2.18 $31.87 $66,290




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,680 0.76 2.45 $52.73 $109,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,230 0.71 2.28 $44.98 $93,560
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,490 0.79 2.53 $42.59 $88,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,280 0.53 1.70 $41.29 $85,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 460 0.41 1.31 $39.59 $82,340
Bakersfield, CA 40 0.12 0.38 $39.07 $81,260
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.18 0.58 $37.94 $78,920
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 240 0.57 1.81 $37.70 $78,420
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 160 0.27 0.86 $37.66 $78,330
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $36.36 $75,640

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 0.91 $19.37 $40,290
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 1.64 $24.57 $51,110
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 1.47 $35.01 $72,820
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.37 $31.17 $64,830
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.52 $19.70 $40,970

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)
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 1.64 $24.57 $51,110
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 1.47 $35.01 $72,820
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.37 $31.17 $64,830
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 1.34 $19.91 $41,410
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.00 $31.02 $64,530

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 0.46 1.47 $35.01 $72,820
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.37 $31.17 $64,830
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.00 $31.02 $64,530
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 1.64 $24.57 $51,110
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.55 $24.45 $50,860


About May 2018 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 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019