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Popular Careers for English Majors

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Words, in all their wonderful forms, enchant English majors. What well-paid jobs let them work with the words that they love? English majors have a great variety of options, from proposal manager to communications director. See our list of the most popular careers for English majors and what they pay.

Jobs ranked by popularity among graduates. Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees from all colleges. See full methodology for more.

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Popular Careers for English Majors - Full List
National Median Pay
Proofreader $45,100
Editorial Assistant $30,800
Managing Editor $59,000
Technical Writer $67,900
Publications Editor $52,100
Senior Technical Writer $73,900
Assistant Editor $39,100
Senior Copywriter $70,700
Copywriter $51,100
Web Content Editor $50,000
Grant Writer $43,800
Proposal Manager $80,200
Web Content Specialist $55,900
Communications Director $74,400
Legal Secretary $53,900
Secondary School Teacher $49,400
Social Media Manager $43,200
Public Relations (PR) Specialist $48,800
Paralegal / Legal Assistant $51,900
Administrative Assistant $33,500
All data is limited to those with a Bachelor's degree and no higher degrees who work full-time in the United States. Jobs are listed in order of relative popularity amongst graduates with a Bachelor's degree in the given major from any college. Median salary for each job title is for individuals with any major who have a typical amount of experience at that job. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable. Salary does not include equity (stock) compensation. This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data, and may not represent all individuals in these categories. See full methodology for more.
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