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How will your writing education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your writing education with writing education around the nation. There are 577 traditional writing schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had writing programs were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, California
  3. Brown University - located in Providence, Rhode Island

Student Demographics

In the US, 14,069 students graduated from writing programs in 2010. Of these students, 361 received certifications in writing, 10,153 received an undergraduate degree in writing, and 3,555 received a graduate-level degree in writing.


Students can pursue education in writing at the following levels:

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

Writing students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying writing:

  • Communication
  • Sentence Structure
  • Creative Thinking
  • Research
  • Word Processing


On average in 2010, writing schools in the US charged $26,187 in tuition per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following writing schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920

The writing schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students paid $5,233
  3. University of Utah - located in Salt Lake City, Utah, students paid $5,746

How will your writing job compare?

The highest percentage of writing graduates pursue careers as writers. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 40,980 writers working in the US. The largest populations of writers are in the following states:

  1. New York - 6,840 Writers
  2. California - 6,060 Writers
  3. Texas - 2,050 Writers

Projected Growth

The projected growth for writers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 26%
  2. Texas - 22%
  3. Georgia - 20%


A writer in the US earns $61,188 per year on average. However, the salary for a writer can greatly vary based on factors such as experience, location or shift differentials. Salaries for writers range from less than $15,460 per year to more than $165,590 per year. On average, a writer earns the most in the following states:

  1. New York - $88,630 per year
  2. California - $85,170 per year
  3. Washington DC - $80,540 per year

On average, a writer earns the least in the following states:

  1. North Dakota - $34,250 per year
  2. Idaho - $36,320 per year
  3. West Virginia - $37,090 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Writers and Authors 40,980 $65,960 -4.7%