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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in the Southwest Region

10,312 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,145 Avg Salary
$22,880 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in the Southwest Region In 2018-2019, 96,549 communication and journalism students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #7 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 10,312 went to undergraduates in the Southwest region of the United States. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in the Southwest Region ranking looked at 51 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.

Salaries of Communication & Journalism Majors After Graduation

After graduation, communication and journalism majors from schools in the Southwest Region earn an average salary of $31,145 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.

The national average salary for communication and journalism bachelor's degree holders is $31,358. That's pretty close to the average for students who get their degree from a school in the Southwest Region .

Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools in the Southwest Region  31,145
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Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,358
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62,200
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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62,200

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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Grads in the Southwest Region

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Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in the Southwest Region

Southern Methodist University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Christian University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Arizona State University - West. Located in the city of Glendale, ASU - West is a public college with a small student population.

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Arizona State University - Polytechnic earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Mesa, ASU - Polytechnic is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Arizona State University - Tempe earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tempe.

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#7

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

Our rankings recognize Trinity University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of San Antonio, Trinity U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize Arizona State University - Skysong as the #7 school in this year's rankings. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

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University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the large city of Tucson, Arizona is a public college with a very large student population.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

Explore the best communication and journalism colleges for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Arizona 33 2,431
Texas 33 6,731
Oklahoma 33 1,027
New Mexico 30 117

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 5,015
Public Relations & Advertising 2,250
Journalism 1,584
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1,448
Communication & Journalism (Other) 15

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 11,066
Psychology 11,030
Education 6,377
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,233
History 2,588

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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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