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 Design41%$96,30041%

1Creative Director
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major41%
Mid-Career Pay$96,300
% High Job Meaning41%
2Design Director, Interior DesignInterior Design92%$92,20070%

2Design Director, Interior Design
Most Common MajorInterior Design
% Workers with Major92%
Mid-Career Pay$92,200
% High Job Meaning70%
3Design ManagerGraphic Design30%$85,10039%

3Design Manager
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major30%
Mid-Career Pay$85,100
% High Job Meaning39%
4Senior Industrial DesignerIndustrial Design (ID)95%$82,50041%

4Senior Industrial Designer
Most Common MajorIndustrial Design (ID)
% Workers with Major95%
Mid-Career Pay$82,500
% High Job Meaning41%
5Visual DesignerGraphic Design54%$78,70040%

5Visual Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major54%
Mid-Career Pay$78,700
% High Job Meaning40%
6User Interface DesignerGraphic Design48%$75,50044%

6User Interface Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major48%
Mid-Career Pay$75,500
% High Job Meaning44%
7Fashion DesignerFashion Design78%$73,80018%

7Fashion Designer
Most Common MajorFashion Design
% Workers with Major78%
Mid-Career Pay$73,800
% High Job Meaning18%
8Senior Web DesignerGraphic Design54%$71,90040%

8Senior Web Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major54%
Mid-Career Pay$71,900
% High Job Meaning40%
8Art DirectorGraphic Design50%$71,90029%

8Art Director
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major50%
Mid-Career Pay$71,900
% High Job Meaning29%
9Motion Graphic DesignerGraphic Design18%$67,60026%

9Motion Graphic Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major18%
Mid-Career Pay$67,600
% High Job Meaning26%
10Project Manager, Interior DesignInterior Design93%$67,50050%

10Project Manager, Interior Design
Most Common MajorInterior Design
% Workers with Major93%
Mid-Career Pay$67,500
% High Job Meaning50%
10Commercial or Industrial DesignerIndustrial Design (ID)89%$67,50040%

10Commercial or Industrial Designer
Most Common MajorIndustrial Design (ID)
% Workers with Major89%
Mid-Career Pay$67,500
% High Job Meaning40%
11Textile DesignerTextile Design43%$67,30016%

11Textile Designer
Most Common MajorTextile Design
% Workers with Major43%
Mid-Career Pay$67,300
% High Job Meaning16%
123d Artist3D Animation19%$66,60030%

123d Artist
Most Common Major3D Animation
% Workers with Major19%
Mid-Career Pay$66,600
% High Job Meaning30%
13Technical Designer, ApparelFashion Design78%$64,70016%

13Technical Designer, Apparel
Most Common MajorFashion Design
% Workers with Major78%
Mid-Career Pay$64,700
% High Job Meaning16%
14Interactive DesignerGraphic Design45%$64,40024%

14Interactive Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major45%
Mid-Career Pay$64,400
% High Job Meaning24%
15Graphic Design ManagerGraphic Design54%$63,10032%

15Graphic Design Manager
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major54%
Mid-Career Pay$63,100
% High Job Meaning32%
16AnimatorAnimation29%$62,40037%

16Animator
Most Common MajorAnimation
% Workers with Major29%
Mid-Career Pay$62,400
% High Job Meaning37%
17RetoucherPhotography52%$60,40022%

17Retoucher
Most Common MajorPhotography
% Workers with Major52%
Mid-Career Pay$60,400
% High Job Meaning22%
18Digital DesignerGraphic Design47%$58,20030%

18Digital Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major47%
Mid-Career Pay$58,200
% High Job Meaning30%
19Interior DesignerInterior Design94%$54,60052%

19Interior Designer
Most Common MajorInterior Design
% Workers with Major94%
Mid-Career Pay$54,600
% High Job Meaning52%
20Production DesignerGraphic Design55%$54,20034%

20Production Designer
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major55%
Mid-Career Pay$54,200
% High Job Meaning34%
21Graphic Designer, WebGraphic Design59%$53,90036%

21Graphic Designer, Web
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major59%
Mid-Career Pay$53,900
% High Job Meaning36%
21Film / Video EditorFilm, Video & Media Studies39%$53,90029%

21Film / Video Editor
Most Common MajorFilm, Video & Media Studies
% Workers with Major39%
Mid-Career Pay$53,900
% High Job Meaning29%
22Production ArtistGraphic Design50%$52,20025%

22Production Artist
Most Common MajorGraphic Design
% Workers with Major50%
Mid-Career Pay$52,200
% High Job Meaning25%
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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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