Average Salary for Brooks Institute Alumni

The Brooks Institute, a school in Santa Barbara, Calif., has roughly zero undergrads. This report is based on the responses of Brooks Institute graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Brooks Institute Alumni

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Senior Photographer
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Graphic Designer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 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 approximately $42K.


In the Brooks Institute alumni community, men make a median salary of $60K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $50K.


Among Brooks Institute graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Photographers, who haul in $70K on average. Next on the list are Photographers, bringing in close to $50K. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Graphic Designers who make an average of about $34K.


Santa Barbara, Calif. is a hub for Brooks Institute graduates — a large number call this city home. It is also not uncommon to find former Brooks Institute students living and working in Denver, Colo. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $50K. On the other hand, Brooks Institute alumni who end up in Los Angeles, Calif. receive the lowest median salary of about $50K.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Brooks Institute alumni are those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) — they earn close to $71K on average per year. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Graphic Design are the lowest of the pack, earning $50K.


For Brooks Institute grads, proficiency in Product Photography warrants a paycheck that is 53 percent more than other alumni salaries. Brooks Institute grads are usually competent in Adobe Photoshop, and a little over a half of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Product Photography, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Just over two-fifths of survey participants report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. A strong majority of alums enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a majority of former students receive dental plans, too. A fair number of former students save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Brooks Institute grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and 401(a).

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Art Institute of California grads (who make an average of $42K) earn salaries most similar to Brooks Institute alumni. 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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$38,710 - $71,000
$42,000 - $70,318
1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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

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