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$61,000$140,900

1University of California-Berkeley
Early Career Pay$61,000
Mid-Career Pay$140,900
2$69,000$139,100

2Stanford University
Early Career Pay$69,000
Mid-Career Pay$139,100
3$62,100$131,800

3Santa Clara University
Early Career Pay$62,100
Mid-Career Pay$131,800
4$64,500$128,600

4University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$64,500
Mid-Career Pay$128,600
5$55,700$122,400

5University of California-Santa Barbara
Early Career Pay$55,700
Mid-Career Pay$122,400
6$59,600$121,800

6Vanderbilt University
Early Career Pay$59,600
Mid-Career Pay$121,800
7$55,400$121,400

7University of Virginia-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$55,400
Mid-Career Pay$121,400
8$54,600$120,700

8Boston University
Early Career Pay$54,600
Mid-Career Pay$120,700
9$58,600$119,300

9George Washington University
Early Career Pay$58,600
Mid-Career Pay$119,300
10$58,100$119,100

10University of California-Los Angeles
Early Career Pay$58,100
Mid-Career Pay$119,100
11$56,600$119,000

11New York University
Early Career Pay$56,600
Mid-Career Pay$119,000
12$56,300$118,600

12University of Southern California
Early Career Pay$56,300
Mid-Career Pay$118,600
13$58,900$117,700

13Fairfield University
Early Career Pay$58,900
Mid-Career Pay$117,700
14$56,000$117,600

14Northwestern University
Early Career Pay$56,000
Mid-Career Pay$117,600
15$58,900$115,600

15Boston College
Early Career Pay$58,900
Mid-Career Pay$115,600
16$55,900$114,100

16Wake Forest University
Early Career Pay$55,900
Mid-Career Pay$114,100
17$56,600$113,900

17University of California-Davis
Early Career Pay$56,600
Mid-Career Pay$113,900
18$60,700$113,600

18Cornell University
Early Career Pay$60,700
Mid-Career Pay$113,600
19$56,200$112,800

19University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Early Career Pay$56,200
Mid-Career Pay$112,800
19$53,700$112,800

19Seattle University
Early Career Pay$53,700
Mid-Career Pay$112,800
19$54,400$112,800

19Fordham University
Early Career Pay$54,400
Mid-Career Pay$112,800
22$54,700$112,700

22LIU Brooklyn
Early Career Pay$54,700
Mid-Career Pay$112,700
22$50,600$112,700

22Ithaca College
Early Career Pay$50,600
Mid-Career Pay$112,700
24$66,000$111,600

24Art Center College of Design
Early Career Pay$66,000
Mid-Career Pay$111,600
25$53,400$111,100

25Sacred Heart University
Early Career Pay$53,400
Mid-Career Pay$111,100
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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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