Average Salary for Brooks Institute Alumni

Brooks Institute is based in Santa Barbara. The data in this summary come from Brooks Institute alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Brooks Institute Alumni

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Senior Photographer
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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 most popular field is the wedding photography industry. The average salary for a grad from Brooks Institute is around $44K.


Brooks Institute grads who become Senior Photographers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making $70K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Photographers and Photography Directors; their salaries approach $49K and $38K, respectively. On the lower end, Graphic Designers report making $38K.


The most popular destination for former Brooks Institute students is Los Angeles. It is also not uncommon to find former Brooks Institute students living and working in Chicago — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of about $83K. On the other hand, Brooks Institute alumni who end up in Knoxville receive the lowest median salaries of approximately $38K. Santa Barbara and Temple City are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) earns Brooks Institute students the most money after college ($71K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Communication Studies & Journalism (around $35K annually).


A majority of grads report using Adobe Photoshop as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Brooks Institute grads with Marketing Communications experience garner salaries that are 42 percent more than other grads' salaries. Also considered top-notch skills are Product Photography, Adobe InDesign, and Apple Final Cut Pro.

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). A majority of respondents participate in a 401(k) program. Health insurance benefits extend to a majority of alumni, and a majority of former students sign up for dental plans. Brooks Institute grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, optional telecommute / work from home, and pets/dog at work.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, The Art Institute of California grads (who make an average of approximately $42K) earn salaries most similar to Brooks Institute alumni. Other schools similar to Brooks Institute include Musicians Institute, Interior Designers Institute, and Design Institute of San Diego.

Key Stats for Brooks Institute


35 %
65 %
$40,000 - $58,531
$30,709 - $76,000
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

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