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Average Salary for School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni

Founded in Chicago, Ill., School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an institution of higher learning for around 3,000 students. Home to a wide range of restaurants and activities, School of the Art Institute of Chicago students have plenty of fun distractions in the city of Chicago. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduates who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

1109
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

403
out of 476
 

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
Graphic Designer
5 salaries
$35,000  
   
Art Director
5 salaries
$60,000  
Office Manager
3 salaries
$39,305  
Operations Manager
3 salaries
$45,000  
Senior Interior Designer
3 salaries
$73,056  
Creative Director
3 salaries
$75,000  
Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
2 salaries
$58,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Details

36 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603

www.saic.edu

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

2,629

Art, Music & Design, Private Schools, Art, Music & Design

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Industry

School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the retail industry, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the architectural services industry. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. For School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni, high SAT scores do not correlate to high-paying positions in the workforce. The average salary for a grad from School of the Art Institute of Chicago is approximately $48K.

Jobs

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni who make the most are Creative Directors; they report a median pay of $75K. Senior Interior Designers and Assistant Professors draw in a fair amount as well — about $73K and around $65K. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Graphic Designers, making an average of $35K.

Locations

Graduates of School of the Art Institute of Chicago take pride in the city of Chicago, and roughly two-fifths of grads wind up living and working here after graduation. Seattle is another hot spot for School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $110K). On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads is New York (median compensation is $45K). San Francisco and Los Angeles are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A B.A. in Fine Arts will compensate School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads at a much higher rate than other fields — these alums tend to rake in $80K per year. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Art History tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making around $30K per year.

Skills

Competency in Design translates into above-average pay for School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads — they earn 44 percent more than their fellow graduates. Many former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students are familiar with Adobe Photoshop, and slightly more than a fifth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Other top skills include Project Management, Adobe Illustrator, and Design.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. Health insurance benefits extend to a solid majority of graduates, and a majority of respondents sign up for dental plans. A strong majority of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Additional benefits handed to School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Median pay for Art Academy of Cincinnati grads is about $48K, making their salaries most similar to those of School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads. Other schools similar to School of the Art Institute of Chicago include VanderCook College of Music, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1010 1250
ACT Scores 21 27

Key Stats

Female
74 %
Male
26 %
Salary
$25,434 - $64,910
Salary
$39,614 - $66,129
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

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