Writers & authors

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Total Workforce

181k

Average Age

42.5

Average Salary

$64,860

Average Male Salary

$74,418

Average Female Salary

$58,307

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 Amusement & Recreation. Writers & authors are paid most in LA City (East Central/Silver Lake, Echo Park & Westlake) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in District of Columbia (West) PUMA, DC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$64,860

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,363

In 2018, Writers & authors earned an average of $64,860, $10,972 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Electrical and electronic engineering technologists and technicians make somewhat more than Writers & authors while Compensation, benefits, & job analysis specialists 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

0.491

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Writers & authors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.491, which is higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less 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 by Share

181k

2018 Workforce

± 10,443

5.55%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 7.83%

The number of people employed as Writers & authors has been growing at a rate of 5.55%, from 171,613 people in 2017 to 181,131 people in 2018.

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  14.6%, followed by Advertising, public relations & related services with 8.38% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 7.02%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Writers & authors in the US. The average age of male Writers & authors in the workforce is 43.8 and of female Writers & authors is 41.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Writers & authors is White.

Gender Composition

73.7k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 6,662

107k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 8,045

59.3% of Writers & authors are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Writers & authors.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Writers & authors

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

87.2% of Writers & authors are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 4.23% of Writers & authors, Black 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 Gender

43.8

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.34

41.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.08

The median age of Writers & authors is 42.5, and Male employees are generally 2.12 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 Writing and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Writers & authors need more than the average amount of Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Active Learning.

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