Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for writers in the United States was $63,200 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,660 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $112,450. The performing arts, spectator sports and other related industries was the top paying sector, with a median annual wage of $70,990. This was followed by religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and other similar organizations ($68,560), professional, scientific and technical services ($63,920) and then the information industry ($60,440).
Autonomy and Flexibility
Most writers are self-employed. As a result, they have full control over their decisions and how they arrange their schedule. However, in saying that, they often have to work to meet the needs of the contract they sign. Writers who work for companies will have less autonomy and flexibility. Often, their decisions are controlled by the creative directors or editors.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a writer based on number of jobs available and average annual salary, are:
- Connecticut, where the average annual salary was $73,135
- Nevada, where the average annual salary was $62,317
- Washington, where the average annual salary was $63,390
- District of Columbia, where the average annual salary was $64,906
- Delaware, where the average annual salary was $60,096
The worst states to be a writer, according to Zippia, are Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Hawaii.
63% of writers in the United States are self-employed workers. The professional, scientific and technical services employ 10% of writers, the information services also employ 10%, the performing arts, spectator sports and related industries employ 3% and finally religious grant making, civic, professional and similar organizations employ 3%.
Jobs are somewhat concentrated in major media and entertainment markets. However, improved communications and internet capabilities allow writers and authors to work from almost anywhere. Some writers and authors prefer to work and travel to meet with publishers and clients and to do research or conduct interviews in person.