Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
41,990 2.1 % $32.90 $68,420 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.35 $18.77 $26.89 $39.04 $56.66
Annual Wage (2) $27,770 $39,050 $55,940 $81,200 $117,860


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 6,860 1.49 $24.77 $51,510
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 6,190 1.44 $36.92 $76,790
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,300 0.92 $49.08 $102,080
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,060 6.21 $49.27 $102,470
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,550 1.19 $29.98 $62,360

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 3,060 6.21 $49.27 $102,470
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 6,860 1.49 $24.77 $51,510
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 6,190 1.44 $36.92 $76,790
Radio and Television Broadcasting 2,550 1.19 $29.98 $62,360
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,300 0.92 $49.08 $102,080

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 3,060 6.21 $49.27 $102,470
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,300 0.92 $49.08 $102,080
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,270 0.06 $41.31 $85,910
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 140 0.18 $39.04 $81,200
Software Publishers 470 0.17 $37.35 $77,680


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 7,120 0.50 1.54 $46.97 $97,700
New York 6,710 0.79 2.44 $38.63 $80,350
Texas 2,010 0.19 0.59 $25.92 $53,920
Florida 1,890 0.26 0.81 $27.67 $57,550
Illinois 1,780 0.32 0.98 $30.50 $63,440




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 1,430 2.19 6.78 $40.07 $83,340
New York 6,710 0.79 2.44 $38.63 $80,350
Vermont 150 0.51 1.58 $30.27 $62,950
California 7,120 0.50 1.54 $46.97 $97,700
Minnesota 1,140 0.43 1.34 $23.81 $49,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,120 0.50 1.54 $46.97 $97,700
District of Columbia 1,430 2.19 6.78 $40.07 $83,340
New York 6,710 0.79 2.44 $38.63 $80,350
Maryland 970 0.39 1.20 $37.00 $76,960
Washington 930 0.34 1.04 $34.74 $72,250





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 5,770 1.12 3.47 $40.48 $84,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,160 1.08 3.34 $57.47 $119,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,300 0.98 3.04 $38.04 $79,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.40 1.25 $32.00 $66,560
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 920 0.53 1.64 $24.86 $51,710
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.79 2.44 $30.31 $63,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 760 0.54 1.68 $36.56 $76,040
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 750 0.41 1.28 $32.74 $68,100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 680 0.40 1.23 $35.43 $73,690
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 540 0.26 0.79 $29.33 $61,000




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 5,770 1.12 3.47 $40.48 $84,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,160 1.08 3.34 $57.47 $119,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,300 0.98 3.04 $38.04 $79,130
Charlottesville, VA 90 0.89 2.76 $33.98 $70,680
Manchester, NH 80 0.84 2.61 $21.71 $45,150
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.79 2.44 $30.31 $63,040
Eugene-Springfield, OR 90 0.68 2.10 $23.50 $48,880
Charleston, WV 100 0.66 2.05 $12.99 $27,020
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 30 0.63 1.94 $25.94 $53,960
Logan, UT-ID 30 0.63 1.95 $18.36 $38,200




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 4,160 1.08 3.34 $57.47 $119,530
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 70 0.43 1.34 $44.33 $92,210
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,770 1.12 3.47 $40.48 $84,190
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.23 0.71 $40.42 $84,080
Baltimore-Towson, MD 470 0.37 1.16 $40.42 $84,070
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.15 0.46 $40.30 $83,820
Boulder, CO 60 0.38 1.19 $39.93 $83,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,300 0.98 3.04 $38.04 $79,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.23 0.71 $37.52 $78,040
Richmond, VA 170 0.29 0.90 $37.06 $77,090

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.21 0.64 $14.58 $30,320
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 2.78 $30.31 $63,050
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.11 $18.35 $38,170
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 1.65 (8) (8)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 1.99 $22.43 $46,650

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 70 0.90 2.78 $30.31 $63,050
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.87 2.69 $31.37 $65,250
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 1.99 $22.43 $46,650
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 1.65 (8) (8)
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.13 $20.54 $42,730

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)
Southwestern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.87 2.69 $31.37 $65,250
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 2.78 $30.31 $63,050
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.40 $26.58 $55,290
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.15 0.46 $25.02 $52,050
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.23 $48,310


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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