Writer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for writers is 41 years. The writer workforce reached a whopping 46,256 in 2020!

Among writers, we discovered that 51.6% of them are women, while 44.2% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among writers is White, which makes up 80.1% of all writers. Comparatively, there are 7.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Writers are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, writers are more likely to find a job in the media industry.

From where do we know all information about writer demographics? We analyzed 26,963 writers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Writer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as writers. Keep reading to find out what the results for writers were.

Writer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among writers is White, which makes up 80.1% of all writers. Comparatively, there are 7.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 80.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.3%
  • Black or African American, 5.0%
  • Asian, 4.2%
  • Unknown, 2.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Writers

The chart below shows that 46.5% of writers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 17.3% and German is the third-most popular at 5.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 46.5%
  • French, 17.3%
  • German, 5.7%
  • Italian, 4.0%
  • Japanese, 3.8%
  • Other, 22.7%

Most Common Degree for Writer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for writers. The most common degree for writers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 64% of writers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 17% and rounding it off is associate degree with 6%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 68%
  • Masters degree, 10%
  • Certificate degree, 9%
  • Associate degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Writer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among writers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Writer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the writer position over time.

Male
Female
46%
43%
40%
38%
35%
32%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Writer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of writers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of writers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Writer

By looking over 26,963 writers resumes, we figured out that the average writer enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 29%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Writer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of writer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of writers is 40+ years old, which represents 50% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Writers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, track announcer and public address announcer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Deaf Interpreter16%77%
Educational Interpreter20%74%
Events And Communications Coordinator21%75%
Writer44%52%
Sports Announcer87%9%
Public Address Announcer88%9%
Track Announcer89%11%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Track Announcer
Public Address Announcer
Sports Announcer
Writer
Events And Communications Coordinator
Educational Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Writers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to writers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Senior Technical Trainer15.82%
News Photographer/Editor19.36%
Writer22.69%
Radio Performer25.03%
Diplomatic Interpreter/Translator27.03%
Greeting Card Editor28.26%
Color Specialist30.27%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Writer?

male-income
Male Income
$57,596
female-income
Female Income
$53,484

Writer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$71,836
$68,207
$64,578
$60,949
$57,320
$53,691
$50,062
$46,432
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Writer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$59,968
Master's Degree$65,595
Doctorate Degree$71,623

Writer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$82,403
$77,013
$71,623
$66,232
$60,842
$55,452
$50,062
$44,671
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Writer Heatmaps

Where Do Writers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where writers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Writers Located?

By looking through more than 26,963 resumes, we found that the most popular places for writers are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Writers

Writer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ writers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most writers is the media industry.

What Percentage Of Writer Jobs Are Remote?

30.6% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

69.4% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire writers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Writer Work In

Employees with the writer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most writers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Education

Government

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ writers. Those industries include media, education and technology.

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Media

Fortune 500

Education

Technology

Retail

Writer Jobs