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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RankSchool NameEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
Rank:416School Name:Murray State UniversityEarly Career Pay:$35,500Mid-Career Pay:$56,700
Rank:415School Name:University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterEarly Career Pay:$39,600Mid-Career Pay:$58,300
Rank:414School Name:Marywood UniversityEarly Career Pay:$34,700Mid-Career Pay:$58,800
Rank:413School Name:University of Arkansas at Little RockEarly Career Pay:$34,400Mid-Career Pay:$61,100
Rank:412School Name:Wichita State UniversityEarly Career Pay:$36,400Mid-Career Pay:$61,300
Rank:411School Name:Norfolk State UniversityEarly Career Pay:$36,300Mid-Career Pay:$61,900
Rank:410School Name:University of Wisconsin-OshkoshEarly Career Pay:$37,900Mid-Career Pay:$62,000
Rank:408School Name:Cleveland State UniversityEarly Career Pay:$35,700Mid-Career Pay:$62,200
Rank:408School Name:Delta State UniversityEarly Career Pay:$35,300Mid-Career Pay:$62,200
Rank:407School Name:University of Wisconsin-ParksideEarly Career Pay:$36,200Mid-Career Pay:$62,500
Rank:406School Name:Western Kentucky UniversityEarly Career Pay:$39,900Mid-Career Pay:$62,600
Rank:405School Name:Johnson & Wales University-CharlotteEarly Career Pay:$34,800Mid-Career Pay:$62,900
Rank:404School Name:Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main CampusEarly Career Pay:$42,400Mid-Career Pay:$63,200
Rank:403School Name:Saginaw Valley State UniversityEarly Career Pay:$38,300Mid-Career Pay:$63,500
Rank:402School Name:Rhode Island CollegeEarly Career Pay:$38,400Mid-Career Pay:$63,600
Rank:401School Name:Maine College of ArtEarly Career Pay:$38,100Mid-Career Pay:$63,800
Rank:399School Name:Morehead State UniversityEarly Career Pay:$36,500Mid-Career Pay:$63,900
Rank:399School Name:Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort WayneEarly Career Pay:$36,500Mid-Career Pay:$63,900
Rank:398School Name:University of Wisconsin-Stevens PointEarly Career Pay:$40,000Mid-Career Pay:$64,000
Rank:397School Name:Southeast Missouri State UniversityEarly Career Pay:$37,200Mid-Career Pay:$64,200
Rank:396School Name:Oral Roberts UniversityEarly Career Pay:$38,300Mid-Career Pay:$64,300
Rank:394School Name:Eastern Washington UniversityEarly Career Pay:$40,700Mid-Career Pay:$64,600
Rank:394School Name:University of LouisvilleEarly Career Pay:$38,700Mid-Career Pay:$64,600
Rank:391School Name:Siena Heights UniversityEarly Career Pay:$38,300Mid-Career Pay:$64,800
Rank:391School Name:University of Northern IowaEarly Career Pay:$40,000Mid-Career Pay:$64,800

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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.