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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in Illinois

3,692 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,489 Avg Salary
$23,798 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in IllinoisCommunication & Journalism is one of the most popular subjects to study in Illinois. With 3,692 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 8th out of all the majors we track. This means that of the 96,549 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 0.0% were from a college or university 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 Communication & Journalism list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in Illinois ranking looked at 29 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communication and journalism.

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.

How Much Do Communication & Journalism Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduating, communication and journalism majors that go to school in Illinois go on to jobs making an average of $31,489 per year. 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.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a communication and journalism degree is $31,358. So, there's not much difference on that front.

Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools in Illinois  31,489
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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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63,000

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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Grads in Illinois

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

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public school with a very large student population.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Illinois State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. DePaul is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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Wheaton College Illinois comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Wheaton, Wheaton College Illinois is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of St Francis comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Joliet, University of Saint Francis is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize Loyola University Chicago as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Loyola Chicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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Northern Illinois University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public school with a large student population.

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Western Illinois University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. WIU is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Macomb.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Communication & Journalism Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 37 3,290
Ohio 34 3,878
Indiana 33 2,483
Wisconsin 31 1,839

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,925
Public Relations & Advertising 924
Journalism 479
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 337
Communication & Journalism (Other) 27

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 4,951
Psychology 4,086
Education 3,367
History 784
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 593

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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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