School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni Average Salary

Around 3,000 people attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a institution based in Chicago, Ill. Replies from former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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College ROI Report

1329th

20 Year Net ROI 

($25,000)

Annual ROI 

-0.4%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$230,000

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

663rd

Early Career Salary 

$39,700

Mid-Career Salary 

$69,100

% High Meaning 

50 %

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Years Experience

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$50K$100K$150K
Graphic Designer
13 salaries
$48,176  
   
Graphic Artist / Designer
4 salaries
$78,344  
Junior Graphic Designer
4 salaries
$35,000  
Art Teacher
3 salaries
$45,000  
User Experience Director
3 salaries
$131,000  
Art Therapist
3 salaries
$35,150  
Project Manager, Construction
3 salaries
$60,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Dec 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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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 %

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Industry

Among School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads, the architectural services industry is a commonly chosen career field. Following graduation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago students earn an average of around $45K.

Locations

Though Chicago, Ill. offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $35K), about one-half of School of the Art Institute of Chicago students continue living here after college. On the opposite end of the pay scale is New York, N.Y., a top-paying city for School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of $48K).

Degree Major

School of the Art Institute of Chicago students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Visual Communications can expect to make the most money (approximately $46K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Average annual salaries for those with a Master of Arts (MA) are the lowest of the pack, earning $33K.

Skills

Knowledge of Project Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 12 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($50K). Many School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads have knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, with just under a third of alumni using this program on the clock. Adobe InDesign, Graphic Design, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for half of the former students, but only one in three grads are rewarded with paid sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a strong majority of graduates, and dental insurance is issued to roughly half of the graduates as well. A strong majority of respondents set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment and laptop / notebook computer.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Minneapolis College of Art and Design grads (who make an average of about $43K) earn salaries most similar to School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni. 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.

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Key Stats for School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %
Salary
$29,194 - $50,000
Salary
$47,500
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
$30,459 - $43,238

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