Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
40,980 1.9 % $31.71 $65,960 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.76 $18.91 $26.64 $37.29 $52.62
Annual Wage (2) $28,610 $39,330 $55,420 $77,560 $109,440


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)
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,110 1.41 $27.03 $56,210
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,480 1.34 $35.44 $73,710
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,820 1.32 $31.79 $66,110
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,670 0.75 $37.83 $78,680
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,620 5.79 $48.61 $101,110

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 2,620 5.79 $48.61 $101,110
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,110 1.41 $27.03 $56,210
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,480 1.34 $35.44 $73,710
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,820 1.32 $31.79 $66,110
Other Information Services 1,370 1.00 $30.39 $63,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) (8) (8) $54.73 $113,830
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,620 5.79 $48.61 $101,110
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 250 0.03 $40.54 $84,320
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,230 0.06 $40.16 $83,530
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 100 0.02 $38.28 $79,620


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)
New York 6,840 0.82 2.54 $42.61 $88,630
California 6,060 0.43 1.34 $40.95 $85,170
Texas 2,050 0.20 0.63 $27.94 $58,120
Florida 1,860 0.26 0.81 $24.11 $50,150
Illinois 1,700 0.31 0.96 $29.37 $61,090




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 1,220 1.91 5.93 $38.72 $80,540
New York 6,840 0.82 2.54 $42.61 $88,630
Vermont 170 0.59 1.84 $23.24 $48,350
Minnesota 1,460 0.57 1.77 $27.31 $56,800
California 6,060 0.43 1.34 $40.95 $85,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,840 0.82 2.54 $42.61 $88,630
California 6,060 0.43 1.34 $40.95 $85,170
District of Columbia 1,220 1.91 5.93 $38.72 $80,540
Washington 1,050 0.39 1.21 $33.06 $68,760
Maryland 790 0.32 1.00 $32.95 $68,540

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 5,880 1.18 3.66 $43.98 $91,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,530 0.93 2.87 $48.10 $100,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,150 0.94 2.92 $36.18 $75,250
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.38 1.17 $30.09 $62,580
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,140 0.68 2.12 $29.63 $61,640
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 860 0.64 1.99 $34.27 $71,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 700 0.42 1.31 $31.34 $65,180
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.73 2.27 $32.64 $67,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 610 0.28 0.86 $29.89 $62,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 570 0.32 0.98 $27.92 $58,070




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,880 1.18 3.66 $43.98 $91,470
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 60 1.05 3.24 $22.52 $46,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,150 0.94 2.92 $36.18 $75,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,530 0.93 2.87 $48.10 $100,060
Missoula, MT 40 0.75 2.32 $19.27 $40,090
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.73 2.27 $32.64 $67,880
Medford, OR 50 0.71 2.21 $18.86 $39,220
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,140 0.68 2.12 $29.63 $61,640
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 860 0.64 1.99 $34.27 $71,280
Austin-Round Rock, TX 470 0.61 1.90 $35.40 $73,630




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 3,530 0.93 2.87 $48.10 $100,060
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 70 0.44 1.36 $47.33 $98,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,880 1.18 3.66 $43.98 $91,470
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.19 0.58 $40.91 $85,090
Anchorage, AK 50 0.29 0.89 $36.69 $76,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,150 0.94 2.92 $36.18 $75,250
Austin-Round Rock, TX 470 0.61 1.90 $35.40 $73,630
Rochester, NY 130 0.27 0.83 $35.23 $73,270
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 290 0.53 1.64 $35.20 $73,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 860 0.64 1.99 $34.27 $71,280

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.53 1.64 $20.66 $42,970
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.21 0.65 $12.80 $26,620
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.67 2.08 $26.10 $54,290
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 1.17 $15.07 $31,340
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 0.75 $26.03 $54,130

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)
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.93 2.88 $25.72 $53,500
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.67 2.08 $26.10 $54,290
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 1.91 $17.26 $35,910
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 1.83 $13.28 $27,630
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.53 1.64 $20.66 $42,970

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)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.84 $45.36 $94,350
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.51 1.57 $30.00 $62,410
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.57 $28.69 $59,670
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.67 2.08 $26.10 $54,290
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 0.75 $26.03 $54,130


About May 2010 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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