Best Schools For Communications Majors by Salary Potential

Get the most out of your bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. Check out the best undergraduate communication and journalism school rankings by 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
1$57,000$139,000

1Vanderbilt University
Early Career Pay$57,000
Mid-Career Pay$139,000
2$61,600$136,500

2University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$61,600
Mid-Career Pay$136,500
2$63,500$136,500

2Stanford University
Early Career Pay$63,500
Mid-Career Pay$136,500
4$59,600$135,100

4Santa Clara University
Early Career Pay$59,600
Mid-Career Pay$135,100
5$59,500$134,100

5University of California-Berkeley
Early Career Pay$59,500
Mid-Career Pay$134,100
6$50,900$124,000

6University of Virginia-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$50,900
Mid-Career Pay$124,000
7$53,700$122,300

7University of California-Santa Barbara
Early Career Pay$53,700
Mid-Career Pay$122,300
8$60,000$121,100

8Bentley University
Early Career Pay$60,000
Mid-Career Pay$121,100
9$55,300$120,200

9Fairfield University
Early Career Pay$55,300
Mid-Career Pay$120,200
10$49,000$119,500

10Wittenberg University
Early Career Pay$49,000
Mid-Career Pay$119,500
11$56,300$116,400

11University of California-Los Angeles
Early Career Pay$56,300
Mid-Career Pay$116,400
12$55,400$116,300

12New York University
Early Career Pay$55,400
Mid-Career Pay$116,300
12$54,400$116,300

12Northwestern University
Early Career Pay$54,400
Mid-Career Pay$116,300
14$57,300$116,000

14Boston College
Early Career Pay$57,300
Mid-Career Pay$116,000
15$49,500$115,900

15University of San Diego
Early Career Pay$49,500
Mid-Career Pay$115,900
16$52,100$115,500

16University of Richmond
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$115,500
17$52,400$115,200

17Fordham University
Early Career Pay$52,400
Mid-Career Pay$115,200
18$53,300$115,100

18Seattle University
Early Career Pay$53,300
Mid-Career Pay$115,100
19$50,200$115,000

19Loyola University Maryland
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$115,000
19$56,700$115,000

19George Washington University
Early Career Pay$56,700
Mid-Career Pay$115,000
21$52,700$114,400

21Marymount University
Early Career Pay$52,700
Mid-Career Pay$114,400
22$53,400$114,300

22Boston University
Early Career Pay$53,400
Mid-Career Pay$114,300
23$48,400$114,000

23Muhlenberg College
Early Career Pay$48,400
Mid-Career Pay$114,000
23$48,400$114,000

23McDaniel College
Early Career Pay$48,400
Mid-Career Pay$114,000
25$54,900$113,900

25University of Southern California
Early Career Pay$54,900
Mid-Career Pay$113,900
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The ability to communicate clearly and accurately is a key skill in any professional field, but how do communication and journalism majors stack up in terms of pay? If you want to study communication or journalism, you’d be well served to pick a school where students with these majors go on to earn high salaries. PayScale can help you identify those schools with our College Salary Report.

PayScale has median salary data for communication and journalism majors from scores of colleges and universities.

Perennially good schools for communications and journalism majors hoping to earn top dollar for their skills include the University of Southern California, New York University, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Colleges in big cities are a good bet for communication and journalism majors, as their proximity to big media outlets and companies will increase students’ chances of getting internships and jobs instead of ending up on local news in a small-town market.


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