Otis College of Art and Design alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry, the textile, apparel, and accessories, wholesale industry, and the marketing, advertising, and media management industry. The majority of Otis College of Art and Design alumni wind up in the fashion design industry. Starting salaries of $57K are the median among Otis College of Art and Design grads.
Former Otis College of Art and Design students with an interest in making money consider becoming Senior Fashion Designers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $85K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Fashion Designers ($68K) and Art Directors (approximately $60K). Sliding in near the bottom are Graphic Designers, who report earnings of $45K.
Los Angeles is a popular place for Otis College of Art and Design students to settle after graduation, and the greater part of grads find steadfast employment in the city. It is also not uncommon to find former Otis College of Art and Design students living and working in New York, N.Y. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of around $72K. Santa Monica, Calif. is a popular spot for former Otis College of Art and Design students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at about $42K. In addition, grads flock to Phoenix, Ariz. as well as Seattle, Wash.
Among the highest-paid Otis College of Art and Design alumni are those with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) — they earn close to around $110K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Fashion Design — their annual income amounts to $54K on average.
Otis College of Art and Design grads are usually competent in Adobe Photoshop, and a majority of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Design translates into above-average pay for Otis College of Art and Design grads — they earn 3 percent more than their fellow graduates. Competency in Adobe Illustrator, Design, and Graphic Design also warrants excellent remuneration.
Benefits and Perks
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in four survey participants, respectively). For this school, a strong majority of grads are the recipients of health benefits, and more than half of survey participants pick up dental plans, too. A strong majority of graduates save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to Otis College of Art and Design alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Among alumni of similar schools, American Film Institute Conservatory grads (who make an average of $56K) earn salaries most similar to Otis College of Art and Design alumni. The Southern California Institute of Architecture, Columbia College Hollywood, and Art Center College of Design are also similar to Otis College of Art and Design.