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. A considerably greater proportion of women make up the student population with a female-to-male ratio of 4-to-1. From alumni reporting, however, it appears that men make more than their female counterparts after graduating. The data for this synopsis comes from former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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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
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Graphic Designer
4 salaries
$32,500  
   
Art Director
4 salaries
$57,666  
Creative Director
3 salaries
$75,000  
Communications Specialist
2 salaries
$40,500  
Senior Interior Designer
2 salaries
$76,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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

The retail industry, the creative design industry, and the manufacturing industry are just a few of the areas in which the School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads find work. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Those with an education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago earn an average of $46K.

Gender

The school's graduates who answered the questionnaire are largely female (the female-to-male ratio is 3 to 1). A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $46K on average compared to around $58K for male graduates.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni are Senior Interior Designers; they earn a median annual salary of approximately $76K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $75K and $58K, respectively, are Creative Directors and Art Directors. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Graphic Designers; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $33K.

Locations

Roughly two in five School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads stay in Chicago, Ill., even though it offers the lowest median pay ($41K). For those seeking more money, Milwaukee, Wisc. is a popular destination for former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students; median pay is about $73K. San Diego, Calif. and Kalamazoo, Mich. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Architecture can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $77K per year. Those with a Master of Arts (MA), Art Administration face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $34K per year.

Skills

School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads with Branding experience garner salaries that are 70 percent more than other grads' salaries. School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with one in four grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Other top skills include Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Adobe Illustrator.

Benefits and Perks

A little less than half of the former students can rely on paid vacation days, but just one in three grads have the luxury of paid sick time. To plan for old age, most grads maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. For this school, most survey participants are the recipients of health benefits, and the larger part of graduates pick up dental plans, too. Other benefits that School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Alumni of Minneapolis College of Art and Design pick up average paychecks of around $48K, which is closest to the amount made by School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads among similar schools. 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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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
76 %
Male
24 %
Salary
$24,658 - $63,448
Salary
$42,500 - $89,000
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

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