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
175$45,900$81,900

175Ohio State University-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$45,900
Mid-Career Pay$81,900
177$47,400$81,800

177Principia College
Early Career Pay$47,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,800
178$42,800$81,600

178Hollins University
Early Career Pay$42,800
Mid-Career Pay$81,600
179$46,600$81,500

179Whitman College
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$81,500
180$46,000$81,400

180University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$81,400
180$47,400$81,400

180St Lawrence University
Early Career Pay$47,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,400
182$41,900$81,300

182University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$81,300
183$40,300$81,200

183Clemson University
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$81,200
183$49,300$81,200

183Marist College
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$81,200
183$46,800$81,200

183Vanderbilt University
Early Career Pay$46,800
Mid-Career Pay$81,200
186$48,400$81,100

186Manhattan School of Music
Early Career Pay$48,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,100
186$43,700$81,100

186Smith College
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$81,100
188$49,300$81,000

188Tufts University
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$81,000
188$46,200$81,000

188University of Colorado Boulder
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$81,000
188$46,200$81,000

188California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$81,000
191$46,700$80,900

191Cornish College of the Arts
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$80,900
191$46,300$80,900

191University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$80,900
191$52,500$80,900

191LIU Post
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$80,900
194$46,200$80,800

194Central Connecticut State University
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,800
194$44,000$80,800

194University of Dayton
Early Career Pay$44,000
Mid-Career Pay$80,800
196$50,700$80,700

196California Institute of the Arts
Early Career Pay$50,700
Mid-Career Pay$80,700
197$38,600$80,500

197Dallas Baptist University
Early Career Pay$38,600
Mid-Career Pay$80,500
197$46,400$80,500

197Pepperdine University
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$80,500
199$47,900$80,400

199Boston College
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$80,400
199$40,300$80,400

199Taylor University
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$80,400
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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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