Brooks Institute Alumni Average Hourly Rate

The Brooks Institute is a university based in Santa Barbara, Calif. that is home to around zero undergraduates. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Brooks Institute grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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Brooks Institute Alumni

Median Hourly Rate by Years Experience

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Oct 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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About This School

27 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Private School, Arts, Music & Design, For Profit

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The average starting salary for a graduate of the Brooks Institute is $42K.


The most lucrative professionals among Brooks Institute alumni are Senior Photographers; they earn a median annual salary of around $72K. Also nearing the top of the pay scale at $50K are Photographers. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Graphic Designers; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $34K.


Many Brooks Institute grads flock to Santa Barbara, Calif. Brooks Institute alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Denver, Colo., which offers a median salary of approximately $50K. On the far end of the pay scale, Brooks Institute alumni often reside in Los Angeles, Calif., which is home to the lowest pay at $50K.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) leads to the highest pay for Brooks Institute grads ($71K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor's Degree are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $59K on average per year.


Brooks Institute grads who have experience with Product Photography can expect to make 51 percent more than other alumni ($64K on average). Many Brooks Institute grads have knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, with over one-half of alumni using this program on the clock. Other prime know-hows include Product Photography, Adobe Illustrator, and Branding.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). The larger part of former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a majority of former students are given health coverage, and more than half of former students accept dental insurance. Additional benefits handed to Brooks Institute alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and 401(a).

Related Schools

Compensation averages $42K for Art Institute of California alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Brooks Institute grads. Other schools similar to Brooks Institute include the Musicians Institute, the Interior Designers Institute, and the Design Institute of San Diego.

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Key Stats for Brooks Institute


43 %
57 %
Hourly Rate
$17 - $20
Hourly Rate
$13 - $18
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

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