Author earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Author salary by state

State Name Average Salary
District of Columbia $80,790
New York $80,140
Maryland $79,730
Washington $79,140
Massachusetts $78,050
Illinois $76,920
Rhode Island $71,110
Connecticut $69,250
Virginia $64,770
Alaska $64,330
Hawaii $63,800
Nevada $63,530
Colorado $63,300
Delaware $62,840
Minnesota $62,840
Oregon $62,840
New Mexico $62,820
Georgia $62,680
Maine $62,560
New Jersey $61,930
New Hampshire $61,700
Nebraska $61,630
Michigan $61,060
Texas $60,790
Wyoming $60,460
Pennsylvania $60,360
Louisiana $59,890
Florida $59,820
Missouri $55,980
Kansas $55,050
Alabama $53,410
Kentucky $51,560
Vermont $50,790
Wisconsin $50,280
Ohio $50,040
Utah $50,040
South Dakota $49,800
North Dakota $49,600
Montana $49,410
Tennessee $49,380
Mississippi $49,070
Arizona $48,930
Idaho $48,890
Indiana $48,890
North Carolina $48,540
Iowa $48,500
South Carolina $47,040
West Virginia $41,720
Oklahoma $39,230
Arkansas $38,550
Puerto Rico $36,430
California $128,060

How do author salaries compare to similar careers?

Authors earn 11% more than similar careers in Michigan. On average, they make less than copywriters but more than proofreaders.

Career Median Salary
Copywriter salary $61K
Author salary $61K
Television writer salary $61K
Editor salary $50K
Proofreader salary $37K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)