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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. Students of this private university enjoy its big-city campus; Chicago is home to a melting pot of social activities and entertainment. The figures in this overview come from the responses of School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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
National Salary Data (?
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
Art Director
5 salaries
$60,000  
   
Graphic Designer
5 salaries
$35,000  
Operations Manager
3 salaries
$45,000  
Creative Director
3 salaries
$75,000  
Office Manager
3 salaries
$39,305  
Senior Interior Designer
3 salaries
$73,056  
User Experience Designer
2 salaries
$74,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jan 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
United States (change)

About This School

36 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603

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

2,629

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

54 %

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44 %

25 %


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Industry

The retail industry, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the art museum industry are just a few of the areas in which School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads find work. The majority of School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni wind up in the education industry. Given the high SAT scores reported by School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads, their lower-than-average salaries are somewhat surprising. Those with an education from School of the Art Institute of Chicago earn an average of $49K.

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 — around $73K and $65K. Sliding in near the bottom are Graphic Designers, who report earnings of approximately $35K.

Locations

School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni seldom move away from Chicago after college; in fact, over a third of former students find lasting work in the city they adore. It is also not uncommon to find former School of the Art Institute of Chicago students living and working in Milwaukee — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $73K. Home to the lowest median salary for School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni is Champaign, a popular place for former students despite its about $38K average paycheck. New York and Los Angeles also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

School of the Art Institute of Chicago students with a B.A. in Fine Arts can expect to make the most money (around $80K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Graduates holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Art History fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of approximately $30K.

Skills

Many School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads have knowledge of Project Management, with slightly less than a fourth of alumni using this program on the clock. Knowledge of Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 38 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($68K). Other prime know-hows include Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Adobe Illustrator.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one-third of alumni, respectively). To plan for old age, the greater part of alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a strong majority of alums are given health coverage, and a majority of grads accept dental insurance. Other benefits that School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design grads (who make an average of $49K) earn salaries most similar to School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni. Other schools similar to School of the Art Institute of Chicago include VanderCook College of Music, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and College for Creative Studies.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %
Salary
$25,000 - $65,239
Salary
$39,474 - $70,750
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

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