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How much does an Author make in the United States?

Average Author Hourly Wage in the United States

Authors earn a median hourly wage of $28.30. Hourly wages typically start from $13.77 and go up to $55.20.

Average Author Yearly Salary in the United States

Authors earn a median salary of $58,850 per year. Salaries typically start from $28,640 and go up to $114,820.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Author Earnings by Seniority

Top End Author Earnings

The highest earning Authors in the United States earn:

$55.20
an hour
$114,820
per year
Senior Author Earnings

Senior Authors in the United States earn:

$40.28
an hour
$83,790
per year
Experienced Author Earnings

Experienced Authors in the United States earn:

$28.30
an hour
$58,850
per year
Junior Author Earnings

Junior Authors in the United States earn:

$19.67
an hour
$40,920
per year
Starting Author Earnings

Starting Authors in the United States earn:

$13.77
an hour
$28,640
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Author salary comparison

Authors earn less than 56% percent of Journalism & Writing careers. Author salaries are in the bottom 52% of all careers in the United States.

Technical Writer Salary $69k
News Anchor Salary $61k
Author Salary $58k
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Historical salary for Authors in the United States

Author salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Author Salary in District of Columbia $42.42 $88,230 # 1
Author Salary in California $35.27 $73,370 # 2
Author Salary in New York $34.12 $70,980 # 3
Author Salary in Connecticut $29.31 $60,970 # 4
Author Salary in Maryland $34.37 $71,500 # 5
Author Salary in Massachusetts $29.06 $60,430 # 6
Author Salary in Illinois $30.63 $63,700 # 7
Author Salary in Virginia $30.33 $63,090 # 8
Author Salary in Washington $32.64 $67,890 # 9
Author Salary in Colorado $28.23 $58,710 # 10
Author Salary in Oregon $28.82 $59,940 # 11
Author Salary in Missouri $27.39 $56,970 # 12
Author Salary in Vermont $25.58 $53,210 # 13
Author Salary in Alaska $31.64 $65,810 # 14
Author Salary in Pennsylvania $26.39 $54,880 # 15
Author Salary in New Jersey $27.38 $56,950 # 16
Author Salary in Delaware $23.93 $49,760 # 17
Author Salary in Idaho $30.04 $62,490 # 18
Author Salary in Hawaii $28.50 $59,270 # 19
Author Salary in Rhode Island $27.80 $57,820 # 20
Author Salary in Ohio $25.25 $52,510 # 21
Author Salary in Minnesota $26.58 $55,280 # 22
Author Salary in Georgia $22.35 $46,480 # 23
Author Salary in Michigan $24.66 $51,300 # 24
Author Salary in New Hampshire $24.40 $50,760 # 25
Author Salary in Texas $26.04 $54,160 # 26
Author Salary in North Carolina $24.59 $51,150 # 27
Author Salary in North Dakota $18.83 $39,160 # 28
Author Salary in Florida $23.18 $48,210 # 29
Author Salary in Alabama $23.61 $49,100 # 30
Author Salary in Arizona $21.47 $44,660 # 31
Author Salary in New Mexico $23.88 $49,680 # 32
Author Salary in Utah $21.56 $44,850 # 33
Author Salary in Kansas $22.09 $45,940 # 34
Author Salary in Nebraska $21.39 $44,480 # 35
Author Salary in South Dakota $19.29 $40,130 # 36
Author Salary in Wisconsin $20.47 $42,580 # 37
Author Salary in Iowa $21.51 $44,730 # 38
Author Salary in Kentucky $19.61 $40,790 # 39
Author Salary in Oklahoma $21.04 $43,750 # 40
Author Salary in Maine $20.72 $43,100 # 41
Author Salary in Indiana $18.20 $37,860 # 42
Author Salary in Montana $24.28 $50,500 # 43
Author Salary in Arkansas $18.74 $38,990 # 44
Author Salary in Mississippi $19.15 $39,830 # 45
Author Salary in Tennessee $17.25 $35,880 # 46
Author Salary in Louisiana $18.36 $38,200 # 47
Author Salary in West Virginia $17.33 $36,050 # 48
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become an Author

Interested in becoming an author? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good author? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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  2. Get the Education

    A certificate or associates degree is required to be an Author. An english literature degree is preferred.

  3. Get Hired

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    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.