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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in Alabama

823 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,911 Avg Salary
$25,674 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in AlabamaCommunication & Media Studies is the #11 most popular major in Alabama with 823 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that 1.5% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state. 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 Communications list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in Alabama ranking, we looked at 9 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communications.

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.

Salaries of Communication & Media Studies Majors After Graduation

The average communication and media studies major who graduates from a school in Alabama earns about $25,911 per year during the early years of their career. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 35% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Nationwide, students who earn a bachelor's degree in communications make more than those who graduate from schools in Alabama. The national average salary is $31,626.

Average Salary for Communications Graduates from Schools in Alabama  25,911
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51,800
Average Salary for Communications Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,626
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51,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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51,800

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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Grads in Alabama

The following colleges produce the highest paid communications graduates.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Communications Graduates in Alabama

#1

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public school with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in communications from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $34,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from Auburn carry an average student debtload of $21,441. 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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Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Our rankings recognize Samford University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Samford is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Birmingham.

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. UA is a very large public school located in the city of Tuscaloosa. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, communications majors make an average salary of $34,300.

Communications majors at UA take out an average of $21,471 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $248, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Alabama as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Mobile, USA 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 $27,000.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at USA take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,245. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $253.

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University of Alabama in Huntsville earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UAH is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Huntsville.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at UAH take out while working on their bachelor's is $29,950. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $322.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Birmingham, UAB is a public school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $26,300.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at UAB accumulate an average of around $21,667 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $223, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

Jacksonville State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Located in the small suburb of Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, communications majors make an average salary of $23,900.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Jacksonville State University accumulate an average of around $30,861 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 $320.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Alabama as the #6 school in this year's rankings. UNA is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Florence. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $22,400.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from UNA carry an average student debtload of $22,048. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $223, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Troy University

Troy, AL

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Troy University. Located in the town of Troy, TROY is a public college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, communications majors make an average salary of $22,200.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from TROY carry an average student debtload of $22,372. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $243.

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Our rankings recognize Auburn University at Montgomery as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Montgomery, AUM is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in communications from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $21,600.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at AUM take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,482. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $206, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Media Studies Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that 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
Kentucky 177 791
Arkansas 164 358
Louisiana 163 715
Mississippi 158 306
West Virginia 142 83

One of 5 majors within the Communication & Journalism area of study, Communication & Media Studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 501
Journalism 208
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 181
Communication & Journalism (Other) 16

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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 UNU-WIDER from Helsinki, Finland.

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