School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni Average Salary

Around 3,000 people attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a institution based in Chicago, Ill. 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. 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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College ROI Report

1160th

20 Year Net ROI 

$26,000

Annual ROI 

0.7%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$227,000

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College Salary Report

827th

Early Career Salary 

$38,600

Mid-Career Salary 

$64,300

% High Meaning 

47.0%

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$25K$50K$75K
Graphic Designer
3 salaries
$30,000  
   
Creative Director
3 salaries
$75,000  
Online Community Manager
2 salaries
$50,000  
Communications Specialist
2 salaries
$40,500  
Technical Designer, Apparel
2 salaries
$50,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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 highly represented industry among alumni is the retail industry. Those with an education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago earn an average of $46K.

Gender

There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in approximately $58K after graduating from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the average woman earns only $47K. Women make up the majority of graduates who participated in the survey in a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.

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 around $75K, followed by Art Directors (about $58K) and Communications Specialists ($41K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Graphic Designers who make an average of $33K.

Locations

Despite handing out the worst average salary (about $41K), Chicago, Ill. holds on to its School of the Art Institute of Chicago student population, and more than a third of grads continue to reside in the city. However, School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Milwaukee, Wisc. — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of $73K. Other common destinations include San Diego, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Architecture leads to the highest pay for School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads ($77K on average per year). A Master of Arts (MA), Art Administration offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $34K).

Skills

School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads are usually competent in Project Management, and approximately one in four alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. School of the Art Institute of Chicago grads with Branding experience garner salaries that are 70 percent more than other grads' salaries. Also considered top-notch skills are Adobe Photoshop, Design, and Adobe Illustrator.

Benefits and Perks

Though half of the respondents get paid time off for vacation, only one in three grads receive paid sick leave. A large number of graduates allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Dental insurance applies to a majority of alums, and most grads report health coverage. Graduates of School of the Art Institute of Chicago are also recipients of 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 $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
79 %
Male
21 %
Salary
$24,566 - $63,773
Salary
$40,000 - $96,000
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Job Satisfaction

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

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