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2021 Highest Paid Marketing Graduates

44,258 Bachelor's Degrees
$39,649 Avg Salary
$24,055 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Marketing School for You

Highest Paid Marketing GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 44,258 people earned their bachelor's in marketing, making the major the #12 most popular in the United States. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Marketing list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Marketing Graduates ranking, we looked at 401 colleges that offer a bachelor's in marketing.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do Marketing Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduating, marketing majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $39,649 per year. This is comparable to the national average salary for a typical college graduate from any field.

Average Salary for Marketing Graduates from Schools Nationwide  39,649
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79,200
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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79,200

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2021 Highest Paid Marketing Grads in the United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid marketing graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Marketing Graduates

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, marketing majors make an average salary of $64,400.

On average, marketing graduates from UPenn take out $19,161 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $230, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #2 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in marketing from the school is $59,200.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at BYU take out while working on their bachelor's is $11,926. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $59, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston College as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Marketing majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $57,700.

Marketing majors at Boston College take out an average of $14,723 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, marketing majors make an average salary of $56,300.

While working on their bachelor's, marketing majors at Wisconsin accumulate an average of around $19,388 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in marketing from the school is $55,900.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at UIUC take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,807. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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Washington University in St Louis earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at WUSTL take out while working on their bachelor's is $13,751. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $161, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgetown University. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in marketing from the school is $55,800.

While working on their bachelor's, marketing majors at Georgetown accumulate an average of around $15,773 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $172.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in marketing from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $54,800.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at UMN Twin Cities take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,947. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $207.

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#7

Gannon University

Erie, PA

Gannon University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid marketing school. Located in the city of Erie, Gannon is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that marketing majors at Gannon take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,398.

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Southern Methodist University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid marketing school. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in marketing from the school is $53,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, marketing graduates from SMU carry an average student debtload of $14,653. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid marketing school. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova. Students who receive their bachelor's in marketing from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $53,500.

Marketing majors at Villanova take out an average of $21,699 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $270.

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Miami University - Oxford comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Miami of Ohio is a large public school located in the town of Oxford. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, marketing majors make an average salary of $52,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, marketing graduates from Miami of Ohio carry an average student debtload of $21,299. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $255.

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#11

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our rankings recognize University of Notre Dame as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in marketing from the school is $52,400.

After completing their bachelor's degree, marketing graduates from Notre Dame carry an average student debtload of $20,430. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Lenoir - Rhyne University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid marketing school. Located in the city of Hickory, Lenoir - Rhyne University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#12

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in marketing from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $51,300.

On average, marketing graduates from Michigan State take out $23,110 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $253.

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#13

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Central Michigan University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, marketing majors make an average salary of $51,200.

While working on their bachelor's, marketing majors at Central Michigan accumulate an average of around $26,265 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#14

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, marketing majors make an average salary of $51,200.

On average, marketing graduates from SCU take out $18,793 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, Marquette is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Marketing majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $50,700.

On average, marketing graduates from Marquette take out $21,989 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $249.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in marketing from the school is $50,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, marketing graduates from University of Oklahoma carry an average student debtload of $19,893. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

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#16

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

Our rankings recognize Cedarville University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Cedarville is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Cedarville.

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#17

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Bentley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in marketing from the school is $50,300.

While working on their bachelor's, marketing majors at Bentley accumulate an average of around $22,279 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the city of Austin. Marketing majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $49,900.

On average, marketing graduates from UT Austin take out $19,089 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $208, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid marketing school. Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, marketing majors make an average salary of $49,600.

While working on their bachelor's, marketing majors at Lehigh accumulate an average of around $21,957 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $252.

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#20

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in marketing from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $49,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, marketing graduates from Bucknell carry an average student debtload of $22,896. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#20

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Hamden, Quinnipiac is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Marketing Graduates

#30

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#31

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#33

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#34

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#36

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#37

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#41

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL
#42

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#44

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#46

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#47

Utah State University

Logan, UT
#48

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Marketing Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 401 different United States marketing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
51 Drake University Des Moines, IA
52 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
53 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
54 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
55 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
56 Elon University Elon, NC
57 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
58 Creighton University Omaha, NE
59 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
60 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
66 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Marketing students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Marketing Graduates award.

Rank College Location
61 Baylor University Waco, TX
62 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
63 Concordia University - Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
64 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
65 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
66 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
67 University of Georgia Athens, GA
68 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
69 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
70 Ohio University - Main Campus Athens, OH
71 University of Maryland - University College Adelphi, MD
71 Simmons University Boston, MA
72 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
73 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
74 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
75 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
76 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
77 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
78 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
79 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
79 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
80 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
81 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
82 Regis University Denver, CO
83 University of St Francis Joliet, IL

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Middle Atlantic
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Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Marketing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Accounting 53,997
Finance & Financial Management 46,736
General Business/Commerce 25,818
Human Resource Management 11,757

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Nick Youngson.

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