Association of American Geographers
About AAG Membership Annual Meeting Projects & Programs Education Publications Calendar Of Events Jobs & Careers

Occupation Title: Writers & Authors

Description: Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 27-3043

Sample Job Titles: Copywriter, Copy Writer, Account Executive, Advertising Copy Writer, Advertising Writer, Communications Specialist, Freelance Copywriter, Production Director, Advertising Associate, Web Content Writer, Author, Freelance Writer, Novelist, Songwriter, Lyricist, Book Reviewer, Creative Writer, Documentary Script Writer, Freelance Journalist, Librettist

Salary Chart Writers & Authors

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 40,980
2011: 40,930
2012: 41,990
2013: 43,590
2014: 43,500

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 31,800
Projected Growth (2012-2022): 3-7%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

Suggested citation: Association of American Geographers, Jobs & Careers Website, Salary Data and Trends, (accessed mm//dd/yyyy).