Best Schools For Art Majors by Salary Potential

Want to make a career out of your passion for art, but afraid of being a starving artist once you graduate? Check out design college rankings by graduate salary.

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Rank 
School Name 
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
149$46,700$83,700

149The College of New Jersey
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$83,700
152$43,700$83,600

152Ashland University
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$83,600
152$49,000$83,600

152American University
Early Career Pay$49,000
Mid-Career Pay$83,600
154$44,300$83,500

154Rowan University
Early Career Pay$44,300
Mid-Career Pay$83,500
155$46,000$83,400

155Cleveland Institute of Art
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$83,400
155$44,700$83,400

155Suffolk University
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$83,400
157$47,100$83,300

157Wheaton College (Massachusetts)
Early Career Pay$47,100
Mid-Career Pay$83,300
157$47,700$83,300

157Fairfield University
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$83,300
159$43,200$83,200

159Lesley University
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$83,200
160$44,800$83,100

160Lawrence Technological University
Early Career Pay$44,800
Mid-Career Pay$83,100
161$46,800$82,900

161Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
Early Career Pay$46,800
Mid-Career Pay$82,900
161$44,300$82,900

161Pace University-New York
Early Career Pay$44,300
Mid-Career Pay$82,900
161$49,400$82,900

161Carleton College
Early Career Pay$49,400
Mid-Career Pay$82,900
164$46,300$82,800

164Adelphi University
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$82,800
164$43,400$82,800

164University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$43,400
Mid-Career Pay$82,800
166$45,300$82,700

166West Virginia Wesleyan College
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$82,700
166$45,100$82,700

166Arizona State University-Tempe
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$82,700
168$48,700$82,500

168SUNY at Purchase College
Early Career Pay$48,700
Mid-Career Pay$82,500
169$45,300$82,400

169The University of the Arts
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$82,400
170$39,800$82,300

170University of North Dakota
Early Career Pay$39,800
Mid-Career Pay$82,300
171$46,100$82,200

171Purdue University-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$46,100
Mid-Career Pay$82,200
171$40,800$82,200

171Carroll University
Early Career Pay$40,800
Mid-Career Pay$82,200
173$43,400$82,100

173Ohio Wesleyan University
Early Career Pay$43,400
Mid-Career Pay$82,100
174$44,900$82,000

174University of Kansas
Early Career Pay$44,900
Mid-Career Pay$82,000
175$46,000$81,900

175Bennington College
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$81,900
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If you have a passion for the arts but don’t want to live as a starving artist for the rest of your life, make a smart decision about where you earn your bachelor’s degree in art. You don’t have to go to an art school to embark on a successful career in art.

Art school has a bad reputation for leaving heavily indebted grads with low-paying jobs, but some art and design school alumni fare pretty well in terms of post-grad salaries. There are more than 100 colleges and universities included in PayScale’s list of highest-earning colleges for art majors, and many of the schools on this list prove that art majors can earn high salaries – you just have to be smart about which school you choose and what you study.


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