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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 $28.97. Hourly wages typically start from $14.05 and go up to $55.06.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Author Yearly Salary in the United States

Authors earn a median salary of $60,250 per year. Salaries typically start from $29,230 and go up to $114,530.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Employment Type Mix

26%
Full-Time
74%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

2.6
SCORE
960
RATINGS
Authors average a score of 2.6 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Authors in the 5th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Author Earnings by Seniority

Top End Author Earnings

The highest earning Authors in the United States earn:

$55.06
an hour
$114,530
per year
Senior Author Earnings

Senior Authors in the United States earn:

$40.40
an hour
$84,030
per year
Experienced Author Earnings

Experienced Authors in the United States earn:

$28.97
an hour
$60,250
per year
Junior Author Earnings

Junior Authors in the United States earn:

$20.38
an hour
$42,380
per year
Starting Author Earnings

Starting Authors in the United States earn:

$14.05
an hour
$29,230
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 top 56% of all careers in the United States.

Technical Writer Salary $70k
News Anchor Salary $65k
Author Salary $60k
Editor Salary $56k
Journalist Salary $36k
Proofreader Salary $35k
Sports Writer Salary $22k
Source:

Historical salary for Authors in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Author salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Author Salary in District of Columbia $43.39 $90,250 # 1
Author Salary in Massachusetts $32.60 $67,800 # 2
Author Salary in New York $35.24 $73,290 # 3
Author Salary in California $34.50 $71,750 # 4
Author Salary in Maryland $32.21 $66,990 # 5
Author Salary in Colorado $29.83 $62,040 # 6
Author Salary in Washington $31.18 $64,860 # 7
Author Salary in Illinois $30.16 $62,740 # 8
Author Salary in Virginia $29.64 $61,660 # 9
Author Salary in Oregon $31.03 $64,530 # 10
Author Salary in Connecticut $28.96 $60,230 # 11
Author Salary in Pennsylvania $27.71 $57,640 # 12
Author Salary in North Carolina $28.52 $59,310 # 13
Author Salary in Missouri $28.60 $59,490 # 14
Author Salary in Georgia $25.51 $53,050 # 15
Author Salary in South Carolina $24.40 $50,750 # 16
Author Salary in Delaware $27.66 $57,540 # 17
Author Salary in Minnesota $27.96 $58,160 # 18
Author Salary in Idaho $29.36 $61,080 # 19
Author Salary in Hawaii $26.29 $54,670 # 20
Author Salary in Ohio $25.89 $53,860 # 21
Author Salary in Michigan $25.19 $52,390 # 22
Author Salary in Arizona $22.64 $47,090 # 23
Author Salary in Alabama $24.34 $50,620 # 24
Author Salary in Texas $26.15 $54,390 # 25
Author Salary in Rhode Island $27.80 $57,830 # 26
Author Salary in New Mexico $26.26 $54,620 # 27
Author Salary in New Hampshire $22.51 $46,830 # 28
Author Salary in Nevada $22.46 $46,710 # 29
Author Salary in Nebraska $22.80 $47,420 # 30
Author Salary in Vermont $24.43 $50,810 # 31
Author Salary in Florida $23.28 $48,410 # 32
Author Salary in South Dakota $21.27 $44,250 # 33
Author Salary in Kentucky $22.22 $46,220 # 34
Author Salary in Indiana $20.89 $43,460 # 35
Author Salary in Tennessee $19.37 $40,290 # 36
Author Salary in Louisiana $20.84 $43,340 # 37
Author Salary in Kansas $20.07 $41,740 # 38
Author Salary in West Virginia $18.62 $38,740 # 39
Author Salary in Wisconsin $20.94 $43,560 # 40
Author Salary in Wyoming $19.21 $39,950 # 41
Author Salary in Iowa $19.14 $39,800 # 42
Author Salary in Utah $18.15 $37,750 # 43
Author Salary in Maine $18.60 $38,680 # 44
Author Salary in North Dakota $18.17 $37,790 # 45
Author Salary in Oklahoma $17.65 $36,710 # 46
Author Salary in Mississippi $18.52 $38,520 # 47
Author Salary in Arkansas $18.02 $37,470 # 48
Author Salary in Montana $18.95 $39,410 # 49
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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