Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
40,930 1.9 % $32.72 $68,060 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.55 $19.03 $26.86 $38.00 $55.64
Annual Wage (2) $28,180 $39,580 $55,870 $79,050 $115,740


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 7,040 1.46 $26.03 $54,140
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,960 1.42 $37.62 $78,250
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,760 1.30 $30.72 $63,900
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,630 0.75 $48.10 $100,060
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,610 5.47 $46.78 $97,300

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 2,610 5.47 $46.78 $97,300
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 7,040 1.46 $26.03 $54,140
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 5,960 1.42 $37.62 $78,250
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,760 1.30 $30.72 $63,900
Other Information Services 1,310 0.88 $30.82 $64,100

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) $72.28 $150,340
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $57.75 $120,130
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,630 0.75 $48.10 $100,060
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 2,610 5.47 $46.78 $97,300
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $43.23 $89,910


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 6,500 0.77 2.42 $41.95 $87,250
California 6,500 0.46 1.45 $45.05 $93,700
Texas 1,970 0.19 0.60 $26.44 $54,990
Illinois 1,870 0.34 1.05 $29.62 $61,610
Florida 1,720 0.24 0.75 $24.96 $51,910




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 1,350 2.09 6.56 $41.49 $86,310
New York 6,500 0.77 2.42 $41.95 $87,250
Vermont 160 0.55 1.72 $23.44 $48,760
Minnesota 1,340 0.52 1.62 $25.69 $53,430
Virginia 1,640 0.46 1.44 $29.99 $62,370




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,500 0.46 1.45 $45.05 $93,700
New York 6,500 0.77 2.42 $41.95 $87,250
District of Columbia 1,350 2.09 6.56 $41.49 $86,310
Maryland 900 0.36 1.14 $35.35 $73,530
Washington 870 0.32 1.00 $33.99 $70,700





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 5,500 1.09 3.40 $43.81 $91,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 0.97 3.05 $55.30 $115,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,390 1.03 3.24 $37.92 $78,870
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.40 1.26 $30.37 $63,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,060 0.62 1.94 $27.36 $56,920
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.83 2.61 $31.47 $65,450
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 770 0.43 1.34 $31.48 $65,480
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 690 0.51 1.59 $36.05 $74,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 690 0.41 1.29 $33.48 $69,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 500 0.23 0.71 $31.92 $66,390




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 5,500 1.09 3.40 $43.81 $91,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,390 1.03 3.24 $37.92 $78,870
Charlottesville, VA 90 0.99 3.10 $30.63 $63,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 0.97 3.05 $55.30 $115,030
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.92 2.90 $19.09 $39,700
Medford, OR 70 0.89 2.79 (8) (8)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.83 2.61 $31.47 $65,450
Bismarck, ND 50 0.79 2.48 $13.21 $27,480
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 40 0.74 2.32 $24.49 $50,930
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 250 0.67 2.10 $30.75 $63,950




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 3,720 0.97 3.05 $55.30 $115,030
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 80 0.48 1.51 $48.53 $100,950
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,500 1.09 3.40 $43.81 $91,130
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 30 0.21 0.67 $42.15 $87,680
Syracuse, NY 80 0.25 0.80 $41.93 $87,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,390 1.03 3.24 $37.92 $78,870
Baltimore-Towson, MD 410 0.33 1.04 $37.30 $77,580
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.26 0.82 $37.26 $77,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 690 0.51 1.59 $36.05 $74,990
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.19 0.58 $35.75 $74,360

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)
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.74 2.32 $13.21 $27,470
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 1.52 $15.67 $32,600
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 1.91 $24.95 $51,890
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.75 2.36 $29.55 $61,450
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 0.80 $26.08 $54,250

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.75 2.36 $29.55 $61,450
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.74 2.32 $13.21 $27,470
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 1.91 $24.95 $51,890
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 1.52 $15.67 $32,600
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 1.46 $17.70 $36,820

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.75 2.36 $29.55 $61,450
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 0.80 $26.08 $54,250
Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.36 $52,740
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 1.91 $24.95 $51,890
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.48 $24.04 $49,990


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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