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Writing in Illinois

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Schools Offering Writing Programs in Illinois

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Illinois students graduate with degrees in writing. That means an estimated 480 writers graduate from Illinois' 24 writing schools each year.

Top Schools

Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a writing program. It is located in Evanston. In 2010, Northwestern University graduated 11 students from its writing program. Northwestern University charged in-state students $40,223 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a writing program is Knox College, which is located in Galesburg. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, Knox College graduated 33 students from its writing program. Knox College charged in-state students $33,024 in tuition fees per year.

Illinois Institute of Technology, which is located in Chicago, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a writing program. It received a ranking of 30th in the country in 2010. 1 students graduated with degree in writing from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2010. The tuition rate at Illinois Institute of Technology was $32,442 per year.


Writing schools in Illinois, charge students an average tuition of $22,798 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $40,223 per year, or as little as $2,968 per year. The Illinois writing schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $36,150 per year
  3. Knox College - located in Galesburg, students are charged $33,024 per year

The following Illinois writing schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. College of Lake County - located in Grayslake, students are charged $2,968 per year
  2. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - located in Edwardsville, students are charged $8,401 per year
  3. Chicago State University - located in Chicago, students are charged $8,752 per year

A writing degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from writing school in Illinois go on to work as a writer. If you decide to work as a writer in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,700 Illinois writers as of 2010. In Illinois, the largest numbers of writers work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 1,330 writers
  2. Marshall County

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of writers in the state of Illinois will grow to 3,760. This would require a 11% growth in the profession.


A writer in Illinois earns $61,090 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Illinois writers earned as little as less than $26,150 per year or as much as more than $105,190 per year. The counties in Illinois with the highest average salary for a writer are:

  1. Cook County - $62,580 per year
  2. Marshall County - $59,600 per year

On average, writers earns the least in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Marshall County - $59,600 per year
  2. Cook County - $62,580 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in writing and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as writing or communications.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Writing in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Writing in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Writing in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Writing in Illinois
  • Certificate in Writing in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Writers and Authors 1,700 $61,090

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