Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
45,300 1.9 % $34.67 $72,120 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.67 $21.30 $29.72 $40.48 $57.10
Annual Wage (2) $30,520 $44,310 $61,820 $84,190 $118,760


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 7,640 1.54 $37.30 $77,580
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,960 1.40 $27.38 $56,940
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,790 0.89 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,170 6.17 $47.58 $98,960
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,310 0.17 $32.81 $68,240

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 3,170 6.17 $47.58 $98,960
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,640 1.54 $37.30 $77,580
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 4,960 1.40 $27.38 $56,940
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,790 0.89 (8) (8)
Sound Recording Industries 130 0.78 (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 3,170 6.17 $47.58 $98,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,090 0.05 $45.97 $95,620
Legal Services 210 0.02 $41.50 $86,310
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 250 0.03 $41.41 $86,140
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 300 0.57 $38.73 $80,570


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 7,990 0.48 1.51 $46.21 $96,120
New York 7,310 0.79 2.50 $41.17 $85,640
Texas 2,110 0.18 0.56 $27.29 $56,760
Illinois 1,880 0.32 1.00 $31.86 $66,260
Florida 1,710 0.20 0.64 $25.91 $53,890




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 1,170 1.65 5.18 $45.77 $95,190
New York 7,310 0.79 2.50 $41.17 $85,640
Utah 780 0.55 1.73 $23.42 $48,720
Vermont 160 0.53 1.66 $26.30 $54,700
Massachusetts 1,680 0.48 1.50 $34.05 $70,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,990 0.48 1.51 $46.21 $96,120
District of Columbia 1,170 1.65 5.18 $45.77 $95,190
New York 7,310 0.79 2.50 $41.17 $85,640
Maryland 1,020 0.38 1.20 $38.20 $79,460
Alaska 130 0.42 1.31 $36.26 $75,410



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,600 0.99 3.10 $41.82 $86,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,530 1.02 3.21 $53.96 $112,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.75 2.36 $42.83 $89,080
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,620 0.44 1.39 $32.69 $67,990
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,380 0.75 2.35 $34.00 $70,710
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.63 1.97 $31.55 $65,610
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.88 2.77 $37.29 $77,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 960 0.49 1.56 $31.56 $65,630
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 620 0.21 0.66 $28.35 $58,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 580 0.22 0.70 $32.01 $66,580


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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,530 1.02 3.21 $53.96 $112,230
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,600 0.99 3.10 $41.82 $86,980
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.88 2.77 $37.29 $77,570
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 40 0.87 2.75 $29.46 $61,280
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 100 0.77 2.42 $21.92 $45,600
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,380 0.75 2.35 $34.00 $70,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.75 2.36 $42.83 $89,080
Provo-Orem, UT 170 0.74 2.31 $22.15 $46,080
Trenton, NJ 170 0.73 2.31 $34.75 $72,280
Salt Lake City, UT 510 0.73 2.30 $23.84 $49,590


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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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,530 1.02 3.21 $53.96 $112,230
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 350 0.60 1.89 $44.83 $93,250
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.22 0.70 $43.78 $91,070
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.59 1.84 $43.14 $89,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.75 2.36 $42.83 $89,080
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 290 0.22 0.70 $42.53 $88,450
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,600 0.99 3.10 $41.82 $86,980
Tucson, AZ 40 0.12 0.37 $39.13 $81,390
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 70 0.43 1.35 $37.98 $79,000
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 200 0.17 0.54 $37.64 $78,280

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 60 0.25 0.79 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.80 2.51 $28.40 $59,080
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.61 (8) (8)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.02 $21.05 $43,780
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 1.28 $32.23 $67,040

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.80 2.51 $28.40 $59,080
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.67 $18.88 $39,280
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 1.28 $32.23 $67,040
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.02 $21.05 $43,780
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 0.89 $16.06 $33,410

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 40 0.41 1.28 $32.23 $67,040
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.80 2.51 $28.40 $59,080
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.20 $46,180
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.42 $21.81 $45,360
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.66 $21.60 $44,940


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018