Average Salary for School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni

Nestled away in Chicago, Ill., the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a school, has a student population of roughly 3,000. The figures in this rundown were provided by School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni who took the PayScale 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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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Graphic Designer
4 salaries
$32,500  
   
Art Director
4 salaries
$57,666  
Creative Director
3 salaries
$75,000  
Senior Interior Designer
3 salaries
$73,056  
Senior Photographer
2 salaries
$71,500  
Art Teacher
2 salaries
$31,000  
Communications Specialist
2 salaries
$40,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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 go into the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, the education industry, and the interior design services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students are employed in the architectural services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Median pay for those who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago amounts to about $46K.

Gender

After graduation, women go on to earn an average of approximately $45K per year compared to men, who earn $59K.

Jobs

In the School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni professional community, Creative Directors make the highest median pay (around $75K), though Senior Interior Designers ($73K), and Senior Photographers ($72K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Art Teachers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $31K.

Locations

Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at around $41K), around two in five School of the Art Institute of Chicago students still call Chicago, Ill. their home after graduation. Alternatively, Milwaukee, Wisc. is home to some of the highest salaries — median pay is $73K — which is an (obvious) draw for many School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads. Portland, Ore. and San Diego, Calif. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

School of the Art Institute of Chicago students with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture can expect to make the most money ($77K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a Master of Arts (MA), Art Administration face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $34K per year.

Skills

Many former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students are familiar with Adobe Photoshop, and close to a fourth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads with Branding abilities can expect to make 71 percent more than their former classmates (about $79K). Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Design, and Adobe Illustrator.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. A fair number of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a strong majority of alumni are rewarded with health insurance and a majority of the survey participants report dental coverage, too. School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Minneapolis College of Art and Design graduates, who earn approximately $46K on average, make a similar amount to School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads. Other schools similar to School of the Art Institute of Chicago include VanderCook College of Music, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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
74 %
Male
26 %
Salary
$22,060 - $61,130
Salary
$35,479 - $82,504
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Job Satisfaction

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

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