Writers & authors

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
171k
Average Age
42.8
Estimated Job Growth
−2.29%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$63,607
Average Male Salary
$76,115
Average Female Salary
$55,388

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 Household appliances & electrical & electronic goods merchant wholesalers. Writers & authors are paid most in Inglewood City PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Central/Pacific Palisades) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$63,607
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,421

In 2020, Writers & authors earned an average of $63,607, $7,653 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Private detectives & investigators make somewhat more than Writers & authors while Boilermakers 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

0.477
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Writers & authors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.477, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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Industries by Share

171k
2020 Workforce
± 10,142
0.879%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.34%

The number of people employed as Writers & authors has been growing at a rate of 0.879%, from 169,344 people in 2019 to 170,832 people in 2020.

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  12.3%, followed by Advertising, public relations & related services with 8.23% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 7.11%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Writers & authors in the US. The average age of male Writers & authors in the workforce is 43.9 and of female Writers & authors is 42, and the most common race/ethnicity for Writers & authors is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

67.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,388
103k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,880

60.3% of Writers & authors are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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)

79.6% of Writers & authors are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.11% 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 Sex

43.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.43
42
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.11

The median age of Writers & authors is 42.8, and Male employees are generally 1.92 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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Writers and Authors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Writers and Authors are expected to see a growth of −2.29% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Writers and Authors.
−2.29%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Writers and Authors. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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