Average Salary for School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a school in Chicago, Ill., has roughly 3,000 undergrads. A considerably greater proportion of women make up the student population with a female-to-male ratio of 6-to-1. From alumni reporting, however, it appears that men make more than their female counterparts after graduating. This report is based on the answers of School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Overall College ROI Rank

1160
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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
National Salary Data 
$0$25K$50K$75K
Graphic Designer
4 salaries
$32,500  
   
Art Director
4 salaries
$57,666  
Creative Director
3 salaries
$75,000  
Communications Specialist
2 salaries
$40,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the education industry, the creative design industry, and the manufacturing industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the retail industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is $46K.

Gender

The number of female graduates who responded to the survey outweighs the number of men; the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1. After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $58K per year compared to females' around $47K.

Jobs

The most generous salaries among School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni are reportedly earned by Creative Directors, whose median earnings come to $75K, followed by Art Directors (approximately $58K) and Communications Specialists ($41K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Graphic Designers who make an average of about $33K.

Locations

Despite handing out the worst average salary ($41K), Chicago, Ill. holds on to its School of the Art Institute of Chicago student population, and over a third of grads continue to reside in the city. For those seeking more money, Milwaukee, Wisc. is a popular destination for former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students; median pay is $73K. San Diego, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni are those with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture — they earn close to $77K on average per year. Those holding a Master of Arts (MA), Art Administration are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in approximately $34K on average per year.

Skills

Approximately one-fourth of School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Branding commands a pay premium of 70 percent for School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads. In addition, those who are savvy in Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Adobe Illustrator are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Paid vacation days are a given for approximately half of the alums, but only one-third of alumni are rewarded with paid sick leave. Health insurance benefits extend to most survey participants, and more than half of graduates sign up for dental plans. A large number of respondents participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Minneapolis College of Art and Design graduates, who earn $48K 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.

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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
79 %
Male
21 %
Salary
$24,566 - $63,773
Salary
$40,000 - $96,000

Job Satisfaction

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

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