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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Writer Salary

$65,718 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$31.60 hourly

Entry level Salary
$42,000 yearly
$42,000
10 %
$65,718
Median
$102,000
90 %

How much does a Writer make?

Writers make $65,718 per year on average, or $31.6 per hour, in the United States. Writers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $42,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $102,000.

Location impacts how much a writer can expect to make. Writers make the most in Delaware, Connecticut, Nevada, Rhode Island, and California.

Highest Paying States For Writers

The darker areas on the map show where writers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Writer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1District of Columbia$87,862$42.24220
2Delaware$96,384$46.3445
3Nevada$87,723$42.1779
4Rhode Island$84,818$40.7841
5Connecticut$88,080$42.35107
6California$82,059$39.451,147
7New Hampshire$78,111$37.5558
8Washington$72,812$35.01281
9North Dakota$71,397$34.3328
10Massachusetts$70,436$33.86398
11New York$70,288$33.79859
12New Jersey$71,919$34.58282
13West Virginia$71,719$34.4835
14North Carolina$66,835$32.13305
15Idaho$64,864$31.1859
16Maryland$68,360$32.87372
17Virginia$67,352$32.38464
18Pennsylvania$67,472$32.44278
19Indiana$68,040$32.71135
20Kentucky$68,040$32.7164
21Illinois$65,789$31.63368
22Wyoming$59,048$28.3942
23Vermont$62,890$30.2440
24South Carolina$66,165$31.8189
25Minnesota$63,260$30.41166
26Montana$59,828$28.7640
27South Dakota$59,324$28.5227
28Iowa$62,902$30.2468
29Arkansas$59,682$28.6958
30Oregon$55,444$26.66218
31Texas$59,095$28.41530
32Alabama$59,727$28.7182
33New Mexico$57,478$27.6354
34Wisconsin$56,948$27.38137
35Maine$54,880$26.3835
36Kansas$58,290$28.0267
37Louisiana$59,601$28.6543
38Ohio$56,577$27.20169
39Colorado$56,331$27.08176
40Alaska$44,195$21.2538
41Nebraska$48,506$23.3282
42Utah$47,780$22.97132
43Arizona$56,180$27.01133
44Missouri$53,236$25.59154
45Georgia$55,149$26.51231
46Oklahoma$48,774$23.4572
47Hawaii$39,126$18.8129
48Michigan$47,029$22.61185
49Mississippi$49,383$23.7434
50Florida$45,494$21.87389
51Tennessee$45,210$21.74117

Highest Paying Cities For Writers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$89,946$43.24
2Washington, DC$87,910$42.26
3Seattle, WA$73,656$35.41
4New York, NY$71,083$34.17
5Boston, MA$70,166$33.73
6Baltimore, MD$68,368$32.87
7Indianapolis, IN$68,158$32.77
8Philadelphia, PA$68,002$32.69
9Raleigh, NC$67,742$32.57
10Virginia Beach, VA$67,730$32.56
11Columbia, SC$66,528$31.98
12Chicago, IL$66,028$31.74
13Minneapolis, MN$63,395$30.48
14Houston, TX$60,140$28.91
15Baton Rouge, LA$59,764$28.73

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. New York, NY
  5. Boston, MA

Writer Salary Details

Writer Salary

What is a Writer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$102,000$8,500$49
75th Percentile$83,000$6,917$40
Average$65,718$5,477$32
25th Percentile$51,000$4,250$25
10th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Technical Editor$62,303$5,192$29.9578,423
Content Editor$59,186$4,932$28.4518,586
Technical Writer And Editor$63,997$5,333$30.7778,617
Journalist$55,774$4,648$26.8111,488
Editorial Internship$46,050$3,838$22.1451,667
Sports Editor$40,867$3,406$19.655,845

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Google Jobs (16)
  2. Microsoft Jobs (16)
  3. Accenture Jobs (27)
  4. Yahoo Jobs (13)
  5. Talent Jobs (37)

Which Companies Pay Writers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Google and Neuberger Berman are the highest paying companies for writers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Google$124,748$59.9853
2Neuberger Berman$122,044$58.67
3Stripe$118,675$57.06
4Microsoft$117,021$56.262
5Morgan Stanley$115,913$55.73
6Northern Trust$113,971$54.79
7Credit Suisse$105,725$50.831
8Novartis$104,983$50.47
9Nuveen Investments$103,052$49.54
10IBM$100,305$48.221
11Honeywell$100,107$48.134
12BuzzFeed$99,603$47.8912
13L3Harris$98,728$47.4715
14Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP$97,913$47.072
15Activision Blizzard$96,699$46.495
16Square$96,598$46.441
17Apple$96,143$46.2233
18JPMorgan Chase & Co.$95,173$45.7624
19Huron Consulting Group$95,128$45.734
20Android Industries$94,780$45.572

How Much Do Writers Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a writer salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The technology industry pays writers an average salary of $83,715

  2. The professional industry pay $77,614

  3. The lowest paying industry for writers is the manufacturing industry. Writers in this industry earn an average salary of $58,551

Highest Paying Industries For Writers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$83,715$40.25
2Professional$77,614$37.31
3Media$77,530$37.27
4Education$59,251$28.49
5Manufacturing$58,551$28.15

High Paying Writer Jobs

Writer Salary Trends

Average Writer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Writer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$65,700$31.60+5.8%
    2021$61,900$29.75+1.6%
    2020$60,900$29.27+0.6%
    2019$60,500$29.10+0.9%
    2018$60,000$28.83+1.6%

    Recently Added Writer Salaries

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    San Antonio SpursIncident Report WriterSan Antonio, TX05/27/2022$28,175
    Mondelez International, Inc.Nabisco Retail Merchandising Order WriterFort Lauderdale, FL05/27/2022$31,305
    ForageWriterSan Francisco, CA05/27/2022$70,000
    Whole FoodsGrocery Order Writer (Buyer/Inventory Replenishment)Fairfield, CT05/25/2022$32,349
    AvispaCommerce Writer (H)Burbank, CA05/25/2022$52,175

    Writer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Writers the most?

    Delaware pays Writers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $96,384 per year, or $46.34 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Writer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Writer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Connecticut you should be paid close to $88,080 per year.

    What type of Writer gets paid the most?

    Senior Writer gets paid the most. Senior Writer made a median salary of $137,909. The best-paid 10 percent make $167,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $113,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Writer?

    A good starting salary for a writer is $42,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a writer in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for writers is $65,718, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a writer can vary by state.

    Do writers make good money?

    Yes, some writers make good money. A handful of novelists earn millions of dollars a year, but they are the exception. The writing field is so varied that earning capability is necessarily tied to the specific area of writing in which one is employed.

    How much does a first-time author make?

    A first-time author receives an average advance of $5,000 to $10,000 on their first book. Additional revenues may be earned through the book's sales after publication, but there are additional expenses to consider.

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