Highest Paying Industries for Writers and Editors

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Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)40.9185100
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers39.9383050
Natural Gas Distribution39.5782300
Federal Executive Branch39.4982140
Federal government, including the US Postal Service39.4982140
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage39.1781460
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries38.6380350
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers38.379660
Utilities38.2579570
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution37.9278860
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing37.778420
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation37.678210
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers37.577990
Legal Services37.2877540
Motion Picture and Video Industries37.1477260
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities37.1377230
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries36.876540
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences36.7676470
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing36.5776060
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers36.5476010
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing36.5375980
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank36.5275960
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing36.575910
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing36.275300
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services36.1775240
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing36.0875050
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers36.0274930
Scientific Research and Development Services35.8674590
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media35.8574570
Software Publishers35.7274300
Cable and Other Subscription Programming35.6474140
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned35.6174070
Computer Systems Design and Related Services35.5974030
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services35.4973820
Testing Laboratories35.4373700
Other Financial Investment Activities35.4373690
Mining35.1373070
Employment Services35.0672920
Spectator Sports34.9172600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)34.8472470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services34.6272010
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services34.5471850
Federal, State, and Local Government34.471540
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service34.471540
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing34.3971520
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing34.2671260
Chemical Manufacturing3470720
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers33.9370580
Wholesale Trade33.8870470
Hospitals, Privately owned33.8470380
Manufacturing33.7970270
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned33.6369950
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers33.6169900
Communications Equipment Manufacturing33.5669810
Waste Treatment and Disposal33.5369750
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction33.3969460
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services33.3969450
Depository Credit Intermediation33.3769400
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)33.369260
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services33.2169080
Household Appliance Manufacturing33.269060
Engineering Services33.1468930
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)33.0768780
Activities Related to Real Estate32.9268480
Miscellaneous Manufacturing32.8768370
Offices of Physicians32.8668350
Other Information Services32.7568120
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods32.7468090
Outpatient Care Centers32.7368080
Specialized Design Services32.6567920
Finance and Insurance32.6167830
Administrative and Support Services32.6167830
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services32.5567710
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods32.5567700
Rental and Leasing Services32.567600
Grantmaking and Giving Services32.567600
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers32.4267440
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned32.4167420
All industries, private ownership only32.2867140
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations32.2467060
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)32.2367050
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities32.2167010
All industries32.2166990
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers32.1666900
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories32.1566880
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities32.0566660
Nondepository Credit Intermediation32.0466650
Management of Companies and Enterprises32.0266610
Telecommunications31.9866510
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities31.8866320
Ambulatory Health Care Services31.8766300
Construction of Buildings31.6665850
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities31.5765670
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing31.5565620
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations31.5465610
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance31.4765460
Insurance Carriers31.4265360
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing31.3565220
Information31.2364950
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing31.2264930
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services30.9864440
Publishing Industries (except Internet)30.7563960
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers30.7263890
Waste Management and Remediation Services30.6863820
Nonresidential Building Construction30.6163670
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services30.5863600
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation30.5763590
Construction30.5463530
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service30.5463520
Scheduled Air Transportation30.4763380
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers30.4763370
Facilities Support Services30.4663350
Transportation and Warehousing30.4463320
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions30.4163260
Hospitals, State government owned30.3863180
Air Transportation30.3763170
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing30.3563130
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)30.3563130
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations30.1862770
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)30.1762750
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation30.1662730
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing30.1562720
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing30.0962580
Other Insurance Related Activities30.0762550
Office Administrative Services30.0762540
Hospitals, Local government owned29.8462060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned29.8462060
Support Activities for Air Transportation29.8262020
Repair and Maintenance29.7761930
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing29.761770
Educational Support Services, Privately owned29.6961760
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)29.6561670
Sound Recording Industries29.6161590
Machinery Manufacturing29.4861330
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing29.4661270
Social Advocacy Organizations29.4261190
Other Support Services29.3561050
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing29.1660650
Support Activities for Transportation29.1360590
Security Systems Services29.1260580
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing29.0160350
Food Manufacturing29.0160340
Direct Selling Establishments2960320
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing28.8660030
Educational Services, Privately owned28.8560000
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing28.8459980
Broadcasting (except Internet)28.859910
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing28.7259750
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned28.7259740
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events28.6659610
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities28.6559590
Wood Product Manufacturing28.659500
Other Wood Product Manufacturing28.659500
Photographic Services28.5959470
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned28.5959460
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services28.5559370
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services28.5559370
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries28.5159300
Investigation and Security Services28.559290
Building Equipment Contractors28.559280
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing28.3658990
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing28.3658990
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers28.1658560
Television Broadcasting28.1358510
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing28.1158470
Vocational Rehabilitation Services28.0658370
Specialty Trade Contractors27.9658150
Radio and Television Broadcasting27.9258080
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers27.9258070
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing27.8157850
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)27.8157850
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services27.7857790
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned27.7857790
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing27.757610
Nonstore Retailers27.6757550
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses27.6257450
Business Support Services27.557200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)27.3956960
Local government, including schools and hospitals27.2756720
Educational Services, Local government owned27.2456660
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals27.1756520
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries27.1456450
Junior colleges, State government owned27.0456230
Freight Transportation Arrangement27.0156180
Retail Trade26.9155980
Plastics Product Manufacturing26.955950
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals26.8455830
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)26.7655660
Radio Broadcasting26.7455620
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)26.6955520
Wired Telecommunications Carriers26.6455420
Amusement Parks and Arcades26.5455210
Social Assistance26.5255170
Individual and Family Services26.4855070
Junior colleges, Local government owned26.4455000
Telephone Call Centers26.1554390
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)26.0854250
State government, including schools and hospitals26.0854240
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned26.0554180
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing25.8153690
Educational Services, State government owned25.7753590
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned25.7353510
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers25.7253500
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned25.4953010
Accommodation and Food Services25.4652950
Newspaper Publishers25.4552940
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities25.3652740
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities25.1552300
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities25.0352060
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services24.9551890
Real Estate24.7551470
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)24.5851130
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned24.5851130
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters24.0750070
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing23.8649630
Electronics and Appliance Stores23.8249550
Performing Arts Companies23.6449170
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers23.2948440
Religious Organizations21.8645470
Printing and Related Support Activities21.4844690
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers20.9143490
Civic and Social Organizations20.8843420
Miscellaneous Store Retailers20.5242680
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores19.2440020
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers17.8737170

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