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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in Tennessee

1,630 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,418 Avg Salary
$25,170 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in TennesseeIn 2018-2019, communication and journalism students earned 1,630 bachelor's degrees from a Tennessee school, making the subject the 10th in the state. This means that 1.7% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

For this year's Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in Tennessee ranking, we looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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.

Salaries of Communication & Journalism Majors After Graduation

After graduation, communication and journalism majors from schools in Tennessee earn an average salary of $28,418 per year. That's not so great, since it is 29% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

On a nationwide level, communication and journalism majors with a bachelor's degree earn an average salary of $31,358. That's 9% more than salaries for students who graduate from schools in Tennessee.

Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools in Tennessee  28,418
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Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,358
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56,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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56,800

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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Grads in Tennessee

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

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

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Tennessee - Knoxville as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public school with a very large student population.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga. Located in the city of Chattanooga, UT Chattanooga is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, TN

Our rankings recognize Carson - Newman University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Jefferson City, Carson - Newman is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#3

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Nashville, Belmont is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

Tennessee State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Nashville, Tennessee State University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

Austin Peay State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Austin Peay State University is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Clarksville.

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Trevecca Nazarene University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. TNU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville.

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Lee University

Cleveland, TN

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lee University. Located in the city of Cleveland, Lee University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Tennessee Technological University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Tennessee Tech University is a large public school located in the remote town of Cookeville.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 34 778
Florida 34 5,356
Virginia 34 2,014
Georgia 33 2,936
West Virginia 32 425
North Carolina 32 3,586
South Carolina 32 1,254
Alabama 32 1,729
Louisiana 31 894
Kentucky 31 1,576
Arkansas 30 797

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,004
Journalism 299
Public Relations & Advertising 225
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 49
Communication & Journalism (Other) 42

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 2,162
Psychology 1,889
Education 1,699
History 527
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 437

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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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