Career Attributes

  • $33,866
  • 131,200
  • 4.1
  • 7.6%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • English Literature
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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 $33,867. Salaries typically start from $13,411 and go up to $63,098.

Average Author Hourly Wage in the United States

Authors earn an average hourly wage of $16.28. Hourly wages typically start from $6.45 and go up to $30.34.

Source: CareerExplorer (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

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Author demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.5
SCORE
1962
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: CareerExplorer 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:

$30.34
an hour
$63,098.0
per year
Senior Author Earnings

Senior Authors in the United States earn:

$17.57
an hour
$36,540.5
per year
Experienced Author Earnings

Experienced Authors in the United States earn:

$12.44
an hour
$25,884.8
per year
Junior Author Earnings

Junior Authors in the United States earn:

$7.71
an hour
$16,037.1
per year
Starting Author Earnings

Starting Authors in the United States earn:

$6.45
an hour
$13,411.2
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Author Salary Comparison

Authors earn more than 40% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Content Manager Salary $46k
Editor Salary $43k
Food Critic Salary $42k
Translator Salary $39k
Proofreader Salary $36k
Author Salary $33k
Journalist Salary $33k
Photojournalist Salary $28k
News Reporter Salary $27k
Sports Writer Salary $25k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Author salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Author Salary in Texas $26.10 $54,281.4 # 1
Author Salary in Florida $17.57 $36,536 # 2
Author Salary in United States $16.28 $33,866.8 # 3
Author Salary in Pennsylvania $14.32 $29,795 # 4
Author Salary in Illinois $12.41 $25,811.6 # 5
Author Salary in California $11.77 $24,475.8 # 6
Author Salary in Georgia $11.22 $23,336.3 # 7
Author Salary in New York $10.73 $22,326.5 # 8
Author Salary in Colorado $4.98 $10,350 # 9
Author Salary in Washington $4.97 $10,341.1 # 10

Career Attributes

  • $33,866
  • 131,200
  • 4.1
  • 7.6%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • English Literature
More Attributes