Writers & authors

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Total Workforce

172k

Average Age

43.1

Estimated Job Growth

7.62%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$60,915

Average Male Salary

$73,328

Average Female Salary

$52,499

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Writers & authors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries is the industry that employs the most Writers & authors, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Writers & authors, by average wage, is Other administrative & other support services. Writers & authors are paid most in LA City (East Central/Silver Lake, Echo Park & Westlake) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$60,915

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,028

In 2017, Writers & authors earned an average of $60,915, $8,851 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products make somewhat more than Writers & authors while Gaming managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Writers & authors as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.47

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Writers & authors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.47, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Writers & authors (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Writers & authors.

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Industries by Share

172k

2017 Workforce

± 10,165

2.29%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 8.24%

The number of people employed as Writers & authors has been growing at a rate of 2.29%, from 167,766 people in 2016 to 171,613 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Writers & authors employed by various industries. Performing arts, spectator sports & related industries employs the largest share of Writers & authors at  16.3%, followed by Advertising, public relations & related services with 8.52% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 8.03%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Writers & authors in the US. The average age of male Writers & authors in the workforce is 44.2 and of female Writers & authors is 42.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Writers & authors is White.

Gender Composition

69.3k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 6,464

102k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 7,849

59.6% of Writers & authors are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Writers & authors.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Writers & authors

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

85.8% of Writers & authors are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.04% of Writers & authors, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Writers & authors.

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Age by Gender

44.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.45

42.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.12

The median age of Writers & authors is 43.1, and Male employees are generally 1.88 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Writers & authors from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Writers & authors is Communications but a relatively high number of Writers & authors hold a major in English.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Writers & authors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Writers & authors need many skills, but most especially Writing and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Writers & authors need more than the average amount of Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Active Learning.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Writers & authors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Writers & authors are expected to see a growth of 7.62% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

7.62%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Writers & authors. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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