Associate Degree in English


Editorial assistant, $31,000*

Secretary, $47,000*

Administrative Assistant, $35,000*

Office administration, $48,000*

Editor, $62,820**

Technical writer, $70,290**

Author, writer, $69,250**

Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructors, $95,241.20***

Elementary School Teacher, Except Special Education, $91,191.42***

English Teacher, Postsecondary, $99,925.13***

Middle School Teacher, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, $85,676.73***

Secondary School Teacher, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, $87,480.84***

Substitute Teacher, Short-Term, $37,448.11***

*Average annual salary, 2013, Simply Hired: Riverside County

**Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

***Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties 

Career Info

An associate of arts in English degree can lead to teaching and professional positions in traditional and non-traditional settings. It is also the foundation for four-year college studies in English, literature, journalism, communication, film and theater.

Potential Careers

  • Author/writer
  • Editorial assistant
  • Secretary
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office administration
  • Editor
  • Technical writer

A degree in English can open the door to a position in:

  • The arts
  • Business
  • Education administration
  • Journalism and media
  • Law
  • Publications
  • Teaching