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Average Salary for School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a university based in Chicago, Ill. that is home to around 3,000 undergraduates. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Overall College ROI Rank

1160
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

376
out of 402
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Art / Design

15
out of 16

Typical Early Career Salary

$39,200
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Art Director
5 salaries
$60,000  
   
Graphic Designer
4 salaries
$32,500  
Senior Interior Designer
3 salaries
$73,056  
Creative Director
3 salaries
$75,000  
Senior Photographer
2 salaries
$71,500  
Art Teacher
2 salaries
$31,000  
Communications Specialist
2 salaries
$40,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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About This School

36 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603

The Art Institute of Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2,714

Private School, Arts, Music & Design

54 %

55 %

21 %


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Industry

Graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago work in a variety of sectors including the architectural services industry, the interior design services industry, and the education industry. Among School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average starting salary for a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is $46K.

Gender

Male graduates of School of the Art Institute of Chicago out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $59K versus $45K for women.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni are Creative Directors; they earn a median annual salary of approximately $75K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at about $73K and around $72K, respectively, are Senior Interior Designers and Senior Photographers. Art Teachers get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of $31K in this job.

Locations

It is typical for many School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads (more than a third of former students) to remain in Chicago, Ill., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $41K). Milwaukee, Wisc. is on the other end of the salary spectrum, offering top-notch pay and a median salary of $73K; it's no wonder that School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads are attracted to this city. Portland, Ore. is also a top pick, as is San Diego, Calif.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of about $77K per year, School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads who have a Bachelor of Science in Architecture are the best paid among the alumni population. A Master of Arts (MA), Art Administration offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($34K).

Skills

School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads with Branding experience garner salaries that are 71 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students are familiar with Adobe Photoshop, and one-fourth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Project Management, Adobe Illustrator, and Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. A fair number of graduates take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Dental insurance applies to more than half of alumni, and a strong majority of grads report health coverage. Graduates of School of the Art Institute of Chicago are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Minneapolis College of Art and Design grads report the most similar salaries to School of the Art Institute of Chicago alums, earning $46K on average. VanderCook College of Music, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and Cranbrook Academy of Art are also similar to School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT critical reading score is not included.
900 1340
ACT Scores 18 28

Key Stats for School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %
Salary
$23,300 - $61,969
Salary
$35,479 - $82,504
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

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