Average Salary for Brooks Institute Alumni

Nestled away in Santa Barbara, Calif., the Brooks Institute, a school, has a student population of roughly zero. The data for this synopsis comes from former Brooks Institute students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Brooks Institute Alumni

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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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 salary for a grad from the Brooks Institute is $43K.


The most lucrative professionals among Brooks Institute alumni are Senior Photographers; they earn a median annual salary of approximately $70K. Also nearing the top of the pay scale at about $52K are Photographers. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Graphic Designers — they bring in around $38K.


The most popular destination for former Brooks Institute students is Santa Barbara, Calif. Brooks Institute grads also flock to Denver, Colo., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $50K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Brooks Institute alumni is Los Angeles, Calif., where earnings average $50K.

Degree Major

A graduate with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Brooks Institute can rake in a whopping average $71K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Commercial Photography are the lowest of the pack, earning around $47K.


Adobe Photoshop is a popular skill among Brooks Institute alumni, with a majority of grads reporting using it on the job. For Brooks Institute grads, proficiency in Marketing Communications warrants a paycheck that is 46 percent more than other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Product Photography, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just over two-fifths of alums report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. Dental insurance applies to a majority of respondents, and a fair number of respondents report health coverage. A fair number of grads participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Additional perks enjoyed by Brooks Institute grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and 401(a).

Related Schools

Alumni of Art Institute of California pick up average paychecks of $42K, which is closest to the amount made by Brooks Institute grads among similar schools. The Musicians Institute, the Interior Designers Institute, and the Design Institute of San Diego are also similar to Brooks Institute.

Key Stats for Brooks Institute


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$39,308 - $59,180
$42,729 - $69,622
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

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