The Salaries of Creative Writing Professors


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.

Paycheck Averages

  • 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.


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