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
201$42,700$90,900

201University of Wisconsin-Stout
Early Career Pay$42,700
Mid-Career Pay$90,900
201$45,000$90,900

201Stockton University
Early Career Pay$45,000
Mid-Career Pay$90,900
203$46,700$90,800

203CUNY Queens College
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$90,800
204$45,000$90,700

204Texas State University
Early Career Pay$45,000
Mid-Career Pay$90,700
204$49,700$90,700

204Rochester Institute of Technology
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$90,700
206$46,600$90,600

206Bradley University
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$90,600
206$44,700$90,600

206Brigham Young University-Idaho
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$90,600
208$44,900$90,500

208California State University-Northridge
Early Career Pay$44,900
Mid-Career Pay$90,500
209$46,200$90,400

209Idaho State University
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$90,400
209$46,700$90,400

209Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$90,400
209$40,900$90,400

209University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Early Career Pay$40,900
Mid-Career Pay$90,400
209$47,700$90,400

209Pace University-New York
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$90,400
213$45,900$90,300

213William Paterson University of New Jersey
Early Career Pay$45,900
Mid-Career Pay$90,300
214$42,100$90,100

214Georgia State University
Early Career Pay$42,100
Mid-Career Pay$90,100
214$50,400$90,100

214Chapman University
Early Career Pay$50,400
Mid-Career Pay$90,100
216$43,700$89,800

216Cabrini University
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$89,800
216$42,200$89,800

216SUNY College at Oswego
Early Career Pay$42,200
Mid-Career Pay$89,800
216$47,300$89,800

216Saint Mary's College
Early Career Pay$47,300
Mid-Career Pay$89,800
219$45,000$89,700

219Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$45,000
Mid-Career Pay$89,700
220$47,600$89,600

220Gonzaga University
Early Career Pay$47,600
Mid-Career Pay$89,600
221$41,500$89,500

221University of Minnesota-Duluth
Early Career Pay$41,500
Mid-Career Pay$89,500
221$42,900$89,500

221Samford University
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$89,500
221$43,700$89,500

221Thomas Edison State University
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$89,500
224$44,600$89,300

224Southern New Hampshire University
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$89,300
224$41,500$89,300

224University of Louisiana at Monroe
Early Career Pay$41,500
Mid-Career Pay$89,300
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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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