Creative Writing Schools
In Chicago, Illinois

The city of Chicago has 5 schools where creative writing faculty can find employment. The trends in Chicago's creative writing academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes creative writing training at the following levels:

  • Creative Writing Certificate
  • Bachelors degree in Creative Writing
  • Masters degree in Creative Writing


Professional Trends

Chicago Vs. Illinois Creative Writing Employment

Chicago 1,330
Illinois 1,700

Exactly 1,330 of the 1,700 creative writing professionals employed in Illinois, work in Chicago. There has been a 17% growth in the number of creative writing professionals in Chicago between the years 2006 and 2010. As the employment for creative writing professionals in Chicago has increased, overall employment in Chicago has also increased.

Chicago Vs. Illinois Creative Writing employment growth

1,370 1,290 1,370 1,720 1,700
1,140 1,040 1,160 1,320 1,330
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Illinois
  • Dark Yellow: Chicago

Creative Writing VS. All professions salaries in Chicago

$54,770 $63,000 $62,890 $64,030 $62,580
$43,430 $45,710 $47,740 $48,910 $49,140
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Creative Writing in Chicago
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Chicago

In Chicago, salaries for creative writing professionals have increased. Chicago creative writing professionals made $62,580 per year, on average, in 2010. Creative writing professionals in Chicago made a yearly average salary of $54,770, four years earlier in 2006. This growth is slower than the salary trend for all careers in Chicago.

Salary percentiles for Creative writing professionals in Chicago

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Creative writing professionals make a median salary of $57,060 per year in Chicago. The 10% of creative writing professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $26,150 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately 302% higher salaries.

Average Salaries for Creative writing professionals and related professions in Chicago

Creative Writing

On average creative writing professional salaries in Chicago are higher than salaries earned by their professional counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Creative Writing schools in Chicago


There are 5 accredited creative writing schools in the city. Many of Chicago's creative writing professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Creative Writing Programs Offered In Chicago


Chicago's creative writing schools offer 7 creative writing degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Creative Writing Degrees In Chicago


In 2010 approximately 165 students graduated from creative writing courses.

Creative Writing Faculty Salaries in Chicago, Illinois

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