Each year, about 4,000 people receive advanced degrees in creative writing, while the number of full-time professor jobs has decreased, according to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. A doctorate degree and a body of published work -- along with strong tutoring, technical writing and digital media skills -- can give you leverage for getting a full-time position and negotiating a salary.
Salaries for English language and literature professors range from $33,000 to $114,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of May 2013, the average salary for all types of full-time English professors was $68,360 a year. Adjunct professors' salaries range from $20,000 to $25,000 a year, according to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and the positions typically lack benefits.
Factors Affecting Pay
The type of institution and its location are two factors that affect salary. Colleges, universities and professional schools offer the top pay, with average salaries of $69,330 a year. Junior colleges come in second with average salaries of $67,670 a year, slightly less than the national average for English professors. New York is the top-paying state and the average professor earns $86,740 a year. Alaska and California are the second and third top-paying states, with average annual salaries of $85,770 and $82,290, respectively.
- Inside Jobs: Creative Writing Professor
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: 25-1123 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
- Association of Writers & Writing Programs: 2012-13 Annual Report on the Academic Job Market
- University of South Florida: Department of English: Applying for Graduate Programs in Creative Writing: Some Advice and Guidelines
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