How much does an Author make in the United States?

Average Author Yearly Salary in the United States

Authors earn an average yearly salary of $71,911. Salaries typically start from $29,376 and go up to $118,629.

Average Author Hourly Wage in the United States

Authors earn an average hourly wage of $34.57. Hourly wages typically start from $14.12 and go up to $57.03.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

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

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Employment Type Mix

26%
Full-Time
74%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

2.5
SCORE
1732
RATINGS
Authors average a score of 2.5 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Authors in the 5th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Author satisfaction

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Author Earnings by Seniority

Top End Author Earnings

The highest earning Authors in the United States earn:

$57.03
an hour
$118,629.2
per year
Senior Author Earnings

Senior Authors in the United States earn:

$40.14
an hour
$83,489.4
per year
Experienced Author Earnings

Experienced Authors in the United States earn:

$29.44
an hour
$61,231.8
per year
Junior Author Earnings

Junior Authors in the United States earn:

$20.73
an hour
$43,123.4
per year
Starting Author Earnings

Starting Authors in the United States earn:

$14.12
an hour
$29,376.1
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Author Salary Comparison

Authors earn more than 93% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Author Salary $71k
Television Writer Salary $65k
Technical Writer Salary $62k
Copywriter Salary $56k
Content Manager Salary $46k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Author salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Author Salary in District of Columbia $47.10 $97,970 # 1
Author Salary in California $41.73 $86,790.3 # 2
Author Salary in Maryland $38.51 $80,110 # 3
Author Salary in Colorado $35.89 $74,660 # 4
Author Salary in Alaska $35.87 $74,600 # 5
Author Salary in New Jersey $35.52 $73,890 # 6
Author Salary in Massachusetts $35.00 $72,790 # 7
Author Salary in United States $34.57 $71,910.8 # 8
Author Salary in New York $34.43 $71,606.9 # 9
Author Salary in Oregon $32.40 $67,390 # 10
Author Salary in North Carolina $31.96 $66,470 # 11
Author Salary in Virginia $31.92 $66,390 # 12
Author Salary in Connecticut $31.66 $65,860 # 13
Author Salary in Pennsylvania $30.81 $64,087.3 # 14
Author Salary in Missouri $30.62 $63,680 # 15
Author Salary in Georgia $30.15 $62,717.2 # 16
Author Salary in Michigan $30.13 $62,660 # 17
Author Salary in Washington $30.11 $62,626.9 # 18
Author Salary in Minnesota $29.63 $61,630 # 19
Author Salary in Idaho $29.05 $60,430 # 20
Author Salary in Illinois $28.83 $59,974.9 # 21
Author Salary in West Virginia $28.48 $59,230 # 22
Author Salary in New Hampshire $27.74 $57,700 # 23
Author Salary in Arizona $26.85 $55,840 # 24
Author Salary in Tennessee $26.46 $55,030 # 25
Author Salary in Hawaii $26.44 $55,000 # 26
Author Salary in Florida $26.35 $54,809.9 # 27
Author Salary in South Dakota $26.17 $54,430 # 28
Author Salary in Nevada $25.99 $54,050 # 29
Author Salary in Rhode Island $25.95 $53,980 # 30
Author Salary in Texas $25.90 $53,866.6 # 31
Author Salary in Ohio $25.55 $53,150 # 32
Author Salary in Vermont $25.42 $52,870 # 33
Author Salary in Alabama $24.69 $51,360 # 34
Author Salary in Oklahoma $24.63 $51,230 # 35
Author Salary in Louisiana $24.53 $51,030 # 36
Author Salary in Wyoming $23.92 $49,760 # 37
Author Salary in New Mexico $23.52 $48,930 # 38
Author Salary in Kansas $23.30 $48,460 # 39
Author Salary in Utah $23.09 $48,030 # 40
Author Salary in Indiana $22.88 $47,580 # 41
Author Salary in Nebraska $22.88 $47,580 # 42
Author Salary in Kentucky $22.88 $47,580 # 43
Author Salary in Arkansas $22.73 $47,280 # 44
Author Salary in Wisconsin $22.48 $46,750 # 45
Author Salary in Iowa $21.69 $45,120 # 46
Author Salary in North Dakota $19.67 $40,920 # 47
Author Salary in Mississippi $19.62 $40,800 # 48
Author Salary in Montana $18.90 $39,310 # 49
Author Salary in Puerto Rico $17.12 $35,610 # 50