Berklee College of Music alumni can most commonly be found in the music school industry, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The most popular field is the education industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of Berklee College of Music is $51K.
There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $63K, but the median for the latter is only $49K.
Berklee College of Music grads who become Creative Directors garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average around $116K annually. However, Executive Assistants and Sound Designers also rank as top-earners (bringing in approximately $76K and $62K, respectively). On the lower end, Music Teachers report making about $31K.
Berklee College of Music alumni seem to appreciate living in Boston, and a little less than a fifth of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. The top-paying city popular with Berklee College of Music alumni is San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of $86K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Berklee College of Music alumni is Nashville, Tenn., which offers a median salary of approximately $35K. In addition, grads flock to Los Angeles, Calif. as well as New York, N.Y.
Berklee College of Music students with a Bachelor's Degree, Music Business can expect to make the most money (about $111K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. A Bachelor of Music in Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMTh / BMT) commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $34K.
Leadership commands a pay premium of 63 percent for Berklee College of Music grads. Many former Berklee College of Music students are familiar with Customer Service, and roughly one in six grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Other top skills include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and People Management.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in four survey participants get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a fair number of former students contribute to a 401(k). It is no small feat that a strong majority of former students are given health coverage, and the larger part of alums accept dental insurance. Berklee College of Music graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and flexible hours.
Among alumni of similar schools, Boston Conservatory grads (who make an average of around $51K) earn salaries most similar to Berklee College of Music alumni. Boston Architectural College, New England Conservatory of Music, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston are also similar to Berklee College of Music.