Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Communication & Media Studies

Find Schools Near

2021 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in the Southeast Region

13,147 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,837 Avg Salary
$25,792 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Communication & Media Studies School for You

Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in the Southeast Region In 2018-2019, 55,113 communication and media studies students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #6 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 13,147 went to undergraduates in the Southeast region of the United States. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Communications Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

For this year's Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in the Southeast Region ranking, we looked at 117 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communications.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after 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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Communication & Media Studies Majors

After graduating, communication and media studies majors that go to school in the Southeast Region go on to jobs making an average of $28,837 per year. Unfortunately, that is 28% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

On a nationwide level, communications majors with a bachelor's degree earn an average salary of $31,626. That's 9% more than salaries for students who graduate from schools in the Southeast Region .

Average Salary for Communications Graduates from Schools in the Southeast Region  28,837
0K
57,600
Average Salary for Communications Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,626
0K
57,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
0K
57,600

College Combat

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Grads in Southeast

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid communication and media studies majors.

Top 18 Best Schools for Highly Paid Communications Graduates in the Southeast Region

#1

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Our rankings recognize Wake Forest University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $37,700.

Communications majors at Wake Forest University take out an average of $18,078 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 $205.

Read More…

Request Information
#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Our rankings recognize James Madison University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in communications from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,900.

On average, communications graduates from JMU take out $19,602 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 $213.

Read full report on Communication & Media Studies at James Madison University

Request Information
#3

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. UARK is a very large public school located in the small city of Fayetteville. Students who receive their bachelor's in communications from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,000.

Communications majors at UARK take out an average of $20,212 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $221, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read More…

Request Information
#4

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Vanderbilt University. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Communications majors at Vanderbilt take out an average of $20,325 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

Read full report on Communication & Media Studies at Vanderbilt University

Request Information
#5

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Our rankings recognize University of Georgia as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UGA is a very large public school located in the city of Athens. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,100.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at UGA take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,684. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read More…

Request Information

Lenoir - Rhyne University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Lenoir - Rhyne University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Hickory.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Lenoir - Rhyne University take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,366.

Read full report on Communication & Media Studies at Lenoir - Rhyne University

Request Information
#7

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Coral Gables.

Communications majors at U Miami take out an average of $13,665 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

Read More…

Request Information

Tulane University of Louisiana earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Tulane is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New Orleans. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, communications majors make an average salary of $36,100.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Tulane accumulate an average of around $20,603 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

Full Communication & Media Studies at Tulane University of Louisiana Report

Request Information
#9

Furman University

Greenville, SC

Furman University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Located in the large suburb of Greenville, Furman is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $37,400.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Furman take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,060. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $264, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read full report on Communication & Media Studies at Furman University

Request Information
#10

Marymount University

Arlington, VA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Marymount University. Marymount is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Arlington. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, communications majors make an average salary of $39,100.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Marymount take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,975. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $220, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Full Communication & Media Studies at Marymount University Report

Request Information

Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a fairly large student population. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $33,900.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at UNC Chapel Hill accumulate an average of around $15,817 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 $168.

Full Communication & Media Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Report

Request Information
#12

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Harding University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Harding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Searcy.

Read More…

Request Information

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public college with a fairly large student population. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $34,800.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Louisiana State University accumulate an average of around $20,430 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read full report on Communication & Media Studies at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Request Information
#14

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Nova Southeastern University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fort Lauderdale.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Nova Southeastern University accumulate an average of around $23,621 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 $222.

Read full report on Communication & Media Studies at Nova Southeastern University

Request Information
#15

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, KY

Our rankings recognize Thomas More College as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Crestview Hills, TMC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at TMC accumulate an average of around $25,182 in student debt.

Read full report on Communication & Media Studies at Thomas More College

Request Information
#16

Longwood University

Farmville, VA

Longwood University landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Longwood is a small public school located in the town of Farmville. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $31,600.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from Longwood carry an average student debtload of $23,549. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $267.

Read full report on Communication & Media Studies at Longwood University

Request Information
#17

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Located in the large suburb of Birmingham, Samford is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Read More…

Request Information
#18

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Georgia State University landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia State is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $29,900.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Georgia State accumulate an average of around $23,639 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $252, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read More…

Request Information

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
19 Elon University Elon, NC
20 Meredith College Raleigh, NC
21 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
22 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
23 Florida International University Miami, FL
24 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
25 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY

Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges by State

Explore the best communication and media studies colleges for a specific state in this the Southeast region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 220 769
Florida 214 2,982
Tennessee 209 1,004
North Carolina 207 2,893
Virginia 206 1,652
South Carolina 188 771
Alabama 183 823
Kentucky 177 791
Arkansas 164 358
Louisiana 163 715
Mississippi 158 306
West Virginia 142 83

Communication & Media Studies is one of 5 different types of Communication & Journalism programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 4,075
Journalism 2,917
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 2,600
Communication & Journalism (Other) 231
Publishing 11

View All Communications Related Majors >

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 UNU-WIDER from Helsinki, Finland.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Find Schools Near You