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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in Missouri

1,002 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,162 Avg Salary
$26,044 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Graduates in MissouriCommunication & Media Studies is one of the most popular subjects to study in Missouri. With 1,002 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 10th out of all the majors we track. This means that of the 55,113 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.8% were from a college or university 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 Missouri ranking, we looked at 13 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 Missouri earns about $32,162 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 19% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

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 Missouri  32,162
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Average Salary for Communications Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,626
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64,400
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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64,400

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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Media Studies Grads in Missouri

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

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Communications Graduates in Missouri

University of Missouri - Kansas City landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Located in the large city of Kansas City, UMKC is a public college with a large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $34,200.

On average, communications graduates from UMKC take out $21,396 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 $202.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Missouri - Columbia. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $33,900.

The average amount in student loans that communications majors at Mizzou take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,827. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Central Missouri. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public college with a large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $33,800.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at UCM accumulate an average of around $20,783 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $204.

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#4

William Jewell College

Liberty, MO

William Jewell College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. William Jewell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Liberty.

On average, communications graduates from William Jewell take out $20,820 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Saint Louis, SLU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in communications from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $33,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from SLU carry an average student debtload of $23,204. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $257.

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Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Truman State University. Truman State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Kirksville. Communications majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $32,800.

Communications majors at Truman State take out an average of $18,992 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $223, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO

Our rankings recognize Rockhurst University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Kansas City, Rockhurst is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Drury University

Springfield, MO

Drury University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Springfield, Drury University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Southeast Missouri State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Southeast Missouri State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cape Girardeau. Students who receive their bachelor's in communications from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $31,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, communications graduates from Southeast Missouri State University carry an average student debtload of $25,346. 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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#7

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and media studies school. Lindenwood University is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Saint Charles. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in communications from the school is $31,000.

While working on their bachelor's, communications majors at Lindenwood University accumulate an average of around $29,436 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $301.

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Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges in the Plains States Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Minnesota 210 959
Iowa 193 505
Kansas 175 428
Nebraska 174 183
South Dakota 142 129
North Dakota 141 134

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Journalism 595
Public Relations & Advertising 303
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 56
Communication & Journalism (Other) 9

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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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