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
199$42,900$80,400

199Columbia College Chicago
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$80,400
202$46,200$80,200

202University of Bridgeport
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,200
203$44,900$80,100

203Auburn University
Early Career Pay$44,900
Mid-Career Pay$80,100
204$40,200$80,000

204Moore College of Art and Design
Early Career Pay$40,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
204$40,900$80,000

204Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$40,900
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
204$43,000$80,000

204State University of New York at New Paltz
Early Career Pay$43,000
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
207$39,100$79,900

207Houston Baptist University
Early Career Pay$39,100
Mid-Career Pay$79,900
207$46,400$79,900

207Hamilton College
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,900
207$44,200$79,900

207Plymouth State University
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$79,900
210$42,800$79,700

210Lawrence University
Early Career Pay$42,800
Mid-Career Pay$79,700
210$43,000$79,700

210Washington State University
Early Career Pay$43,000
Mid-Career Pay$79,700
212$47,500$79,600

212University of Redlands
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$79,600
213$42,900$79,500

213Augsburg University
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$79,500
214$42,600$79,400

214DePauw University
Early Career Pay$42,600
Mid-Career Pay$79,400
215$39,400$79,300

215Webster University
Early Career Pay$39,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,300
216$40,100$79,200

216Pacific University
Early Career Pay$40,100
Mid-Career Pay$79,200
216$47,400$79,200

216University of Hartford
Early Career Pay$47,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,200
216$45,900$79,200

216California State University-Chico
Early Career Pay$45,900
Mid-Career Pay$79,200
219$40,500$79,100

219University of Central Florida
Early Career Pay$40,500
Mid-Career Pay$79,100
220$45,800$79,000

220California Lutheran University
Early Career Pay$45,800
Mid-Career Pay$79,000
220$49,700$79,000

220Chapman University
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$79,000
222$43,700$78,900

222Seattle Pacific University
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$78,900
222$46,100$78,900

222Bellevue College
Early Career Pay$46,100
Mid-Career Pay$78,900
222$43,000$78,900

222Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$43,000
Mid-Career Pay$78,900
222$42,800$78,900

222Otterbein University
Early Career Pay$42,800
Mid-Career Pay$78,900
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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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