Writers & authors

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2019 Workforce
167k
Average Age
42.9
Estimated Job Growth
7.62%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$62,070
Average Male Salary
$72,719
Average Female Salary
$55,036

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Writers & authors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Independent artists, writers, and performers 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 Broadcasting (except internet). Writers & authors are paid most in LA City (East Central/Silver Lake, Echo Park & Westlake) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$62,070
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,379

In 2019, Writers & authors earned an average of $62,070, $6,546 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers make somewhat more than Writers & authors while Paramedics 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

0.488
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Writers & authors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.488, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Writers & authors (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Writers & authors.

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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

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Industries by Share

167k
2019 Workforce
± 10,041
-7.56%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9%

The number of people employed as Writers & authors has been declining at a rate of -7.56%, from 181,131 people in 2018 to 167,435 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Writers & authors employed by various industries. Independent artists, writers, and performers employs the largest share of Writers & authors at  15.6%, followed by Advertising, public relations & related services with 8.58% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 7.71%.

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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 and of female Writers & authors is 42.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Writers & authors is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

66.6k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,335
101k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,793

60.2% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

80.7% of Writers & authors are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.16% of Writers & authors, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.48
42.2
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.13

The median age of Writers & authors is 42.9, and Male employees are generally 1.81 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

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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 Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Writers & authors need more than the average amount of Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Persuasion.

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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 6.85%, 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
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Writers & authors. This profession is expected to grow faster than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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