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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in Texas

3,075 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,979 Avg Salary
$23,835 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in TexasWith 3,075 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, communication and media studies is the #13 most popular major in Texas. This means that 5.6% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Communications Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in Texas ranking, we looked at 27 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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Communication & Media Studies Majors

After graduation, communication and media studies majors from schools in Texas earn an average salary of $30,979 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 22% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a communications degree is $31,626. So, there's not much difference on that front.

Average Salary for Communications Graduates from Schools in Texas  30,979
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Average Salary for Communications Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,626
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62,000
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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62,000

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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Grads in Texas

The highest paid communications majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Communications Graduates in Texas

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Methodist University. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $39,900.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at SMU take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,632. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Christian University. Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,900.

Communications majors at TCU take out an average of $19,281 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 $202.

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Texas A&M University - College Station earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, communications majors make an average salary of $38,100.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Texas A&M take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,115. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $179.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #3 school in this year's rankings. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

Trinity University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of San Antonio, Trinity U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, communications graduates from Trinity U take out $19,649 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 $246.

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Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Lubbock. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $37,600.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Texas Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,380. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $276, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dallas Baptist University. DBU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Dallas. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $36,300.

On average, communications graduates from DBU take out $20,506 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $184, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Houston - Clear Lake landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Located in the suburb of Houston, University of Houston - Clear Lake is a public college with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in communications from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,500.

Communications majors at University of Houston - Clear Lake take out an average of $23,127 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $226, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize DeVry University - Texas as the #7 school in this year's rankings. DeVry University - Texas is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of Irving. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,000.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at DeVry University - Texas accumulate an average of around $41,644 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $440, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Abilene Christian University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Abilene Christian is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Abilene.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Southwest Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Media Studies Schools in the Southwest Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Oklahoma 192 303
Arizona 187 1,613
New Mexico 141 18

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 1,632
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1,222
Journalism 802

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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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