Former Fashion Institute of Technology students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the retail industry, the jewelry design industry, and the graphic design services industry. The most popular field is the textile, apparel, and accessories, wholesale industry. Nearly one in twenty Fashion Institute of Technology grads move into the advertising agency industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. The average salary for a grad from the Fashion Institute of Technology is $55K.
With a 3 to 1 female-to-male ratio of survey respondents, women seem to represent the better half of this school's graduates.
Former Fashion Institute of Technology students with an interest in making money consider becoming Marketing Directors, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $108K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Creative Directors (around $69K) and Graphic Designers (about $63K). On the lower end, Retail Store Managers report making approximately $56K.
It is typical for many Fashion Institute of Technology grads (over one-half of former students) to remain in New York, N.Y., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $54K). On the other hand, Fashion Institute of Technology alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Los Angeles, Calif., which offers a median salary of $70K.
Among the highest-paid Fashion Institute of Technology alumni are those with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) — they earn close to $73K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) ($42K on average annually).
Competency in Design translates into above-average pay for Fashion Institute of Technology grads — they earn 28 percent more than their fellow graduates. Adobe Photoshop is a popular skill among Fashion Institute of Technology alumni, with just under one in three grads reporting using it on the job. In addition, those who are savvy in Graphic Design, Adobe Illustrator, and Project Management are also considered highly skilled.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; slightly less than half of the former students report receiving the former, but only one-fifth of alumni report receiving the latter. Health benefits extend to a strong majority of alumni, and the larger part of grads also receive dental coverage. A strong majority of grads opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Additional benefits handed to Fashion Institute of Technology alumni include a casual working environment, free drinks, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.
Among alumni of similar schools, CUNY New York City College of Technology grads (who make an average of $52K) earn salaries most similar to Fashion Institute of Technology alumni. Farmingdale State College, Thomas Edison State College, and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania are also similar to Fashion Institute of Technology.