Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
43,380 1.9 % $33.24 $69,130 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.05 $20.38 $28.97 $40.40 $55.06
Annual Wage (2) $29,230 $42,380 $60,250 $84,030 $114,530


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)
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,220 1.51 $37.24 $77,450
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 5,480 1.37 $28.78 $59,860
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 3,590 6.78 $41.18 $85,650
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,020 0.77 (8) (8)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,090 0.17 $31.50 $65,510

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 3,590 6.78 $41.18 $85,650
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 7,220 1.51 $37.24 $77,450
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 5,480 1.37 $28.78 $59,860
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,020 0.77 (8) (8)
Radio and Television Broadcasting 1,630 0.73 $28.81 $59,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 40 0.03 $48.91 $101,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,090 0.05 $43.48 $90,440
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 140 0.01 $43.40 $90,270
Depository Credit Intermediation 50 (7) $41.81 $86,970
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 50 0.03 $41.80 $86,950


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 7,890 0.51 1.62 $40.11 $83,430
New York 6,710 0.75 2.37 $40.16 $83,540
Texas 2,340 0.20 0.64 $26.74 $55,620
Florida 1,770 0.22 0.71 $24.49 $50,940
Pennsylvania 1,550 0.27 0.86 $31.71 $65,950




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 1,170 1.73 5.49 $46.23 $96,150
New York 6,710 0.75 2.37 $40.16 $83,540
California 7,890 0.51 1.62 $40.11 $83,430
Utah 640 0.48 1.54 $21.31 $44,330
New Hampshire 300 0.47 1.50 $26.08 $54,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,170 1.73 5.49 $46.23 $96,150
Massachusetts 1,180 0.35 1.10 $40.53 $84,300
New York 6,710 0.75 2.37 $40.16 $83,540
California 7,890 0.51 1.62 $40.11 $83,430
Maryland 1,160 0.45 1.42 $34.66 $72,100





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,860 0.90 2.88 $41.19 $85,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,890 1.19 3.79 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.76 2.42 $43.29 $90,040
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.31 0.98 $33.96 $70,640
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 940 0.54 1.70 $42.32 $88,020
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 900 0.59 1.87 $35.34 $73,500
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.79 2.52 $33.00 $68,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 630 0.34 1.07 $32.32 $67,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 570 0.24 0.77 $30.36 $63,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 560 0.30 0.94 $26.41 $54,930




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,890 1.19 3.79 (8) (8)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 90 1.03 3.28 $31.72 $65,970
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 50 1.02 3.24 $21.45 $44,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,860 0.90 2.88 $41.19 $85,680
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 510 0.89 2.83 $37.02 $77,000
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.79 2.52 $33.00 $68,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.76 2.42 $43.29 $90,040
Ithaca, NY 40 0.76 2.40 $30.96 $64,400
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 210 0.72 2.28 $32.06 $66,690
Trenton, NJ 150 0.66 2.10 $33.28 $69,230




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.76 2.42 $43.29 $90,040
Raleigh, NC 160 0.28 0.88 $42.49 $88,390
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 940 0.54 1.70 $42.32 $88,020
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,860 0.90 2.88 $41.19 $85,680
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.46 1.47 $40.75 $84,760
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.26 0.81 $38.74 $80,580
Winston-Salem, NC 40 0.14 0.44 $37.85 $78,720
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $37.24 $77,460
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 510 0.89 2.83 $37.02 $77,000
Rochester, NY 130 0.26 0.82 $36.30 $75,500

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.58 1.85 $17.52 $36,440
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 0.78 $20.56 $42,770
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 1.21 $17.27 $35,930
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.17 $33.08 $68,810
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 1.29 $28.65 $59,590

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.58 1.85 $17.52 $36,440
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 1.75 $20.34 $42,300
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 1.29 $28.65 $59,590
Northwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.39 1.24 (8) (8)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 1.21 $17.27 $35,930

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 50 0.37 1.17 $33.08 $68,810
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.08 $66,720
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.53 $29.00 $60,320
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 1.29 $28.65 $59,590
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.43 $21.94 $45,630


About May 2015 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016