14 high-paying jobs for people who love writing

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These are perfect jobs for writers.
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If you’ve got the writing bug, you don’t necessarily have to bank on being a starving writer for the rest of your career.

In fact, there are plenty of well-paid jobs in a range of fields that require excellent writing skills.

We checked out the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs, and looked at salary data on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to find positions with a median annual salary of more than $55,000 that require writing skills.

O*NET ranks how important “the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand” is in any job, assigning each a “writing importance level” between 1 and 100, where a higher score indicates more writing skills are required. It also breaks down each occupation’s projected growth from 2014 to 2024.

Here are 14 well-paying positions with a writing-importance level of 81 or higher and a projected growth of at least 2%:


14. Historians

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Getty Images / Thomas Lohnes

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $55,110

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 2% to 4%

Historians research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources.


13. Copy writers

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Adam Berry/Stringer/Getty Images

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $61,240

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 2% to 4%

Copy writers write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.


12. Instructional coordinators

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Matt Cardy/Stringer/Getty Images

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $62,460

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 5% to 8%

Instructional coordinators develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields.


11. Archaeologists

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roanokecollege/Flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $63,190

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 2% to 4%

Archaeologists conduct research to reconstruct record of past human life and culture from human remains, artifacts, architectural features, and structures.


10. Postsecondary English language and literature teachers

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Terry Ballard/Flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $63,730

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024:9% to 13%

Postsecondary English language and literature teachers teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature.


9. Technical writers

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Tech Hub/Flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $69,850

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024:9% to 13%

Technical writers write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions.


8. School psychologists

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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/Flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $73,270

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 14% or higher

School psychologists investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.


7. Industrial-organizational psychologists

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Alessandro Valli/flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $82,760

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 14% or higher

Industrial-organizational psychologists apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems.


6. Postsecondary education administrators

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Andrew Wippler/Flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $90,760

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024:9% to 13%

Postsecondary education administrators plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions.


5. Atmospheric and space scientists

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $92,460

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024:9% to 13%

Atmospheric and space scientists investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data.


4. Public relations and fundraising managers

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VFS Digital Design/flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $107,320

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 5% to 8%

Public relations and fundraising managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client.


3. Urologists

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US Army Africa/Flickr

Writing importance level: 81

Median salary: $206,920

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 14% or higher

Urologists diagnose, treat, and help prevent benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the genitourinary system and the renal glands.


2. Neuropsychologists and clinical neuropsychologists

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Flickr/A of Doom

Writing importance level: 85

Median salary: $95,710

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 9% to 13%

Neuropsychologists and clinical neuropsychologists apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.


1. Poets, lyricists, and creative writers

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Flickr / Vancouver Film School

Writing importance level: 88

Median salary: $61,240

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 2% to 4%

Poets, lyricists, and creative writers create original written works, like poems, song lyrics, and prose.