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2021 Highest Paid General English Literature Graduates

34,070 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,025 Avg Salary
$22,979 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General English Literature School for You

Highest Paid General English Literature GraduatesGeneral English Literature is the #17 most popular major in the country with 34,070 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid English list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid General English Literature Graduates ranking, we looked at 467 colleges that offer a bachelor's in English.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do General English Literature Majors Make After Graduation?

The average general English literature major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $27,025 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 32% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Average Salary for English Graduates from Schools Nationwide  27,025
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid General English Literature Grads in United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid English graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid English Graduates

#1

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Monmouth University. Located in the large suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in English from the school is $42,100.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Monmouth take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,099. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in English from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $41,500.

While working on their bachelor's, English majors at Columbia accumulate an average of around $26,176 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $218.

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#3

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Our rankings recognize Whitman College as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Walla Walla, Whitman is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, English graduates from Whitman take out $15,619 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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University of Houston - Clear Lake earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Houston, University of Houston - Clear Lake is a public college with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in English from the school is $41,400.

While working on their bachelor's, English majors at University of Houston - Clear Lake accumulate an average of around $21,413 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $226, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in English from the school is $41,400.

On average, English graduates from SCU take out $20,978 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $258, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from Yale carry an average student debtload of $12,830.

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#5

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover. Students who receive their bachelor's in English from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $40,900.

English majors at Dartmouth take out an average of $15,560 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgetown University. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in English from the school is $40,700.

English majors at Georgetown take out an average of $13,962 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $156.

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United States Naval Academy earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Annapolis is a small public school located in the suburb of Annapolis.

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#7

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. English majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $40,200.

English majors at Holy Cross take out an average of $22,867 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general English literature school. Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in English from the school is $39,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from Rice carry an average student debtload of $14,890. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $152.

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#9

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Our rankings recognize Princeton University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from Princeton carry an average student debtload of $15,464.

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#9

Barnard College

New York, NY

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Barnard College. Located in the city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in English from the school is $39,500.

While working on their bachelor's, English majors at Barnard accumulate an average of around $16,862 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $169.

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#10

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Our rankings recognize Williams College as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Williamstown, Williams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. English majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from Williams carry an average student debtload of $14,273. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $143.

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#11

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boston College. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in English from the school is $38,800.

On average, English graduates from Boston College take out $14,351 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $160.

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#12

Duke University

Durham, NC

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Duke University. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham. English majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,700.

English majors at Duke take out an average of $12,286 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $98, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Texas Woman's University as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Denton, TWU is a public college with a fairly large student population. English majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, English graduates from TWU carry an average student debtload of $23,345. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $219.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Methodist University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas. Students who receive their bachelor's in English from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,300.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at SMU take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,425. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $231, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general English literature school. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, English majors make an average salary of $38,200.

On average, English graduates from Notre Dame take out $18,396 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $197, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Spelman College. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Spelman is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in English from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $37,700.

On average, English graduates from Spelman take out $25,606 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova. Students who receive their bachelor's in English from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $37,600.

The average amount in student loans that English majors at Villanova take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,879. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our rankings recognize Harvard University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. English majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $37,300.

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#19

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Fairfield University earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. Fairfield U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fairfield. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, English majors make an average salary of $37,100.

English majors at Fairfield U take out an average of $23,225 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ

New Jersey City University earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. NJCU is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Jersey City. Students who receive their bachelor's in English from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,000.

On average, English graduates from NJCU take out $22,789 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $205.

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#21

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colgate University. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Hamilton. Students who receive their bachelor's in English from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,900.

While working on their bachelor's, English majors at Colgate accumulate an average of around $17,009 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $178, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid General English Literature Graduates

#26

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
#27

Governors State University

University Park, IL
#28

Brown University

Providence, RI
#30

Boston University

Boston, MA
#31

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#31

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO
#32

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL
#33

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#35

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#36

Howard University

Washington, DC
#38

Athens State University

Athens, AL
#39

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#39

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#40

Gordon College

Wenham, MA
#41

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#41

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
#42

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#43

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#44

Bates College

Lewiston, ME
#44

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid General English Literature Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 467 different United States general English literature schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
45 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
46 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
47 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
48 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
49 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
49 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
50 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
50 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
51 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
52 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
53 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
53 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
54 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
55 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
55 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
56 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
57 Fordham University Bronx, NY
58 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
58 Niagara University Niagara University, NY
59 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
60 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
60 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
61 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
62 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
62 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
63 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
63 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
64 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
65 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
65 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
66 Illinois State University Normal, IL
67 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
68 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
69 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
69 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
70 St. Mary’s University San Antonio, TX
74 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
76 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
79 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
83 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
85 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
86 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
88 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
102 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
106 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
107 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
111 Carleton College Northfield, MN
112 Trinity College Hartford, CT
113 Iona College New Rochelle, NY

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid General English Literature Graduates award.

Rank College Location
71 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
72 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
73 University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
74 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
75 Georgian Court University Lakewood, NJ
76 Amherst College Amherst, MA
77 Kean University Union, NJ
78 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
79 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
80 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
81 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
82 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
83 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
84 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
85 Arizona State University - Polytechnic Mesa, AZ
86 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
87 University of North Texas Denton, TX
88 Clemson University Clemson, SC
89 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
90 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
91 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
92 University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Green Bay, WI
93 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
120 Pomona College Claremont, CA
122 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
126 University of Mississippi University, MS
127 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
134 Willamette University Salem, OR
135 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
141 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
143 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
145 Colby College Waterville, ME
147 Denison University Granville, OH
148 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
149 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
151 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
152 Furman University Greenville, SC
158 Berry College Mount Berry, GA

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General English Literature is one of 3 different types of English Language & Literature programs to choose from.

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pancoast, Henry Spackman.

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