Best Jobs For Art Majors by Salary Potential

An art degree can help you find a great job if you choose your career path wisely. Find out which common careers art majors flock to.

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Rank 
Job Title 
Most Common Major 
% Workers with Major 
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Job Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
1Creative DirectorGraphic Design43%$94,00040%

1Creative Director
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major43%
Mid-Career Pay$94,000
% High Job Meaning40%
2Design Director, Interior DesignInterior Design90%$91,80072%

2Design Director, Interior Design
Most Common MajorInterior Design
% Workers with Major90%
Mid-Career Pay$91,800
% High Job Meaning72%
3Interaction DesignerGraphic Design53%$87,50049%

3Interaction Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major53%
Mid-Career Pay$87,500
% High Job Meaning49%
4Design ManagerGraphic Design35%$83,10035%

4Design Manager
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major35%
Mid-Career Pay$83,100
% High Job Meaning35%
5Product DesignerGraphic Design34%$81,80031%

5Product Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major34%
Mid-Career Pay$81,800
% High Job Meaning31%
6Visual DesignerGraphic Design59%$78,20035%

6Visual Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major59%
Mid-Career Pay$78,200
% High Job Meaning35%
7User Interface DesignerGraphic Design50%$75,30041%

7User Interface Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major50%
Mid-Career Pay$75,300
% High Job Meaning41%
8Fashion DesignerFashion Design83%$72,90019%

8Fashion Designer
Most Common MajorFashion Design
% Workers with Major83%
Mid-Career Pay$72,900
% High Job Meaning19%
9Textile DesignerTextile Design50%$69,80024%

9Textile Designer
Most Common MajorTextile Design
% Workers with Major50%
Mid-Career Pay$69,800
% High Job Meaning24%
10Art DirectorGraphic Design51%$69,10033%

10Art Director
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major51%
Mid-Career Pay$69,100
% High Job Meaning33%
11Commercial or Industrial DesignerIndustrial Design (ID)91%$67,30037%

11Commercial or Industrial Designer
Most Common MajorIndustrial Design (ID)
% Workers with Major91%
Mid-Career Pay$67,300
% High Job Meaning37%
12Motion Graphic DesignerVisual Effects & Motion Graphics21%$65,50025%

12Motion Graphic Designer
Most Common MajorVisual Effects & Motion Graphics
% Workers with Major21%
Mid-Career Pay$65,500
% High Job Meaning25%
13Technical Designer, ApparelFashion Design89%$63,90018%

13Technical Designer, Apparel
Most Common MajorFashion Design
% Workers with Major89%
Mid-Career Pay$63,900
% High Job Meaning18%
14Project Manager, Interior DesignInterior Design94%$63,30049%

14Project Manager, Interior Design
Most Common MajorInterior Design
% Workers with Major94%
Mid-Career Pay$63,300
% High Job Meaning49%
15Interactive DesignerGraphic Design44%$62,80021%

15Interactive Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major44%
Mid-Career Pay$62,800
% High Job Meaning21%
16RetoucherPhotography55%$60,60020%

16Retoucher
Most Common MajorPhotography
% Workers with Major55%
Mid-Career Pay$60,600
% High Job Meaning20%
16Video ProducerFilm, Video & Media Studies43%$60,60037%

16Video Producer
Most Common MajorFilm, Video & Media Studies
% Workers with Major43%
Mid-Career Pay$60,600
% High Job Meaning37%
18Graphic Design ManagerGraphic Design57%$59,90035%

18Graphic Design Manager
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major57%
Mid-Career Pay$59,900
% High Job Meaning35%
19Digital DesignerGraphic Design48%$56,50032%

19Digital Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major48%
Mid-Career Pay$56,500
% High Job Meaning32%
20Interior DesignerInterior Design94%$53,70053%

20Interior Designer
Most Common MajorInterior Design
% Workers with Major94%
Mid-Career Pay$53,700
% High Job Meaning53%
21IllustratorIllustration58%$52,800N/A

21Illustrator
Most Common MajorIllustration
% Workers with Major58%
Mid-Career Pay$52,800
% High Job MeaningN/A
22Production DesignerGraphic Design61%$51,80026%

22Production Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major61%
Mid-Career Pay$51,800
% High Job Meaning26%
23Film / Video EditorFilm, Video & Media Studies40%$51,70031%

23Film / Video Editor
Most Common MajorFilm, Video & Media Studies
% Workers with Major40%
Mid-Career Pay$51,700
% High Job Meaning31%
24Production ArtistGraphic Design53%$51,00026%

24Production Artist
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major53%
Mid-Career Pay$51,000
% High Job Meaning26%
25Dance TeacherDance88%$50,00083%

25Dance Teacher
Most Common MajorDance
% Workers with Major88%
Mid-Career Pay$50,000
% High Job Meaning83%
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Students who major in the arts certainly know how to follow their muse, but what jobs can they get with their degree after college is over? This list of top creative jobs shows that an art degree can lead you to a profitable career path.

If you can leverage your art degree to make it to the executive table, you can earn a pretty penny. Roughly twenty-five percent of Vice Presidents of Creative Services hold a bachelor’s degree in media studies, and the typical median salary for this career is comfortably in the six figures.

Not surprisingly, marrying artistic talent with some STEM skills to land a position in tech as a User Experience Manager will net you a salary in the six-figure range. About ten percent of UX Managers have bachelor’s degrees in graphic design. So learning a little computer programming while you study art can definitely up your worth.

Other popular, high-paying jobs for artists include Fashion Designers, Product Managers and, Directors of Advertising.


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