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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates

96,549 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,358 Avg Salary
$23,958 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Communication & Journalism School for You

Highest Paid Communication & Journalism GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 96,549 communication and journalism students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #7 most popular in the country. The communication and journalism school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates ranking analyzed 657 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism.

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.

How Much Do Communication & Journalism Majors Make After Graduation?

The average communication and journalism major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $31,358 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 21% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,358
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Grads in United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid communication and journalism graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates

Our rankings recognize Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

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#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network. Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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Northeastern University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston.

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George Washington University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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#8

The College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

The College of Wooster landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the distant town of Wooster, Wooster College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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North Central College

Naperville, IL

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Central College. North Central is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Naperville.

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Metropolitan State University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Metropolitan State University is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

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School of Visual Arts

New York, NY

School of Visual Arts landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. SVA is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Colorado State University - Global Campus as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Greenwood Village, Colorado State University - Global Campus is a public college with a large student population.

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Washington and Lee University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Lexington.

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#13

Assumption University

Worcester, MA

Assumption University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the city of Worcester, Assumption is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Greencastle, DePauw is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#15

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara.

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University of Maryland - University College earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Adelphi, University of Maryland - University College is a public college with a very large student population.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Roger Williams University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Bristol, RWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Our rankings recognize Fairfield University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Bryant University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Bryant is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Smithfield.

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Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Savannah College of Art and Design comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Savannah, SCAD is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates

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Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#29

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#31

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
#32

American University

Washington, DC
#34

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
#35

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#36

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#37

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#39

Marymount University

Arlington, VA
#40

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL
#42

Edgewood College

Madison, WI
#44

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
#45

Boston University

Boston, MA
#46

St Lawrence University

Canton, NY
#46

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#47

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#48

Randolph - Macon College

Ashland, VA

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 657 different United States communication and journalism schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
49 Central College Pella, IA
50 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
51 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
52 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
53 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
54 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
54 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
55 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
56 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
57 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
58 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
58 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
59 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
60 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
61 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
62 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
63 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
64 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
64 Arizona State University - Polytechnic Mesa, AZ
65 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
66 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
67 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
68 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
69 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
70 Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
71 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
72 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
73 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
74 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
74 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
75 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
76 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
76 Furman University Greenville, SC
77 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
78 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
79 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
80 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
81 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
82 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
83 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
84 St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, NY
85 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
86 Denison University Granville, OH
87 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
87 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
88 CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY
89 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
89 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
90 Suffolk University Boston, MA
91 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
92 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
92 Norwich University Northfield, VT
93 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
94 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
95 Stonehill College Easton, MA
96 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
97 Regis University Denver, CO
98 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
102 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
105 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
99 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
100 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
101 University of Georgia Athens, GA
102 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
103 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
104 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
105 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
106 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
107 Iowa State University Ames, IA
108 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
109 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
110 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
111 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
111 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL
112 Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT
113 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
114 Pace University - New York New York, NY
115 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
116 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
117 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
118 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
119 Lasell College Newton, MA
120 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
121 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
122 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
123 Coe College Cedar Rapids, IA
124 LIU Post Brookville, NY
125 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
126 University of Denver Denver, CO
127 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
127 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
128 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
129 Marymount Manhattan College New York, NY
130 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
130 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
131 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
132 Southwestern University Georgetown, TX

Communication & Journalism by Region

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Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 55,113
Public Relations & Advertising 16,785
Journalism 12,988
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 10,624
Communication & Journalism (Other) 1,002

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Psychology 123,980
Education 88,927
History 25,943
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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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 Josh Hallett.

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