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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in the Plains States Region

6,544 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,980 Avg Salary
$24,340 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in the Plains States RegionWith 96,549 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, communication and journalism is the #7 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 6,544 went to students in the Plains States region of the country. 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 Plains States Region ranking analyzed 50 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 the Plains States Region go on to jobs making an average of $33,980 per year. That's not so great, since it is 15% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Looking at communication and journalism schools across the country, we see that the nationwide average salary for graduates in this field is $31,358. This means that graduates from schools in the Plains States Region make 8% more than the national average.

Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools in the Plains States Region  33,980
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68,000
Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,358
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68,000
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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68,000

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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Grads in the Plains States Region

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

#1

Central College

Pella, IA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Central College. Located in the town of Pella, Central is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Metropolitan State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Metropolitan State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Our rankings recognize Washington University in St Louis as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#2

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Our rankings recognize University of St Thomas Minnesota as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#4

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Augustana University. Located in the midsize city of Sioux Falls, Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Lawrence, KU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize University of Missouri - Columbia as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Mizzou is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in the Plains States Region award.

Rank College Location
8 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
9 Iowa State University Ames, IA
10 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
11 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
12 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
17 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
19 North Central University Minneapolis, MN
21 Evangel University Springfield, MO

Best Communication & Journalism Colleges by State

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 35 1,965
Minnesota 34 1,470
Kansas 32 910
South Dakota 32 176
Iowa 31 1,157
Nebraska 31 665
North Dakota 30 201

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 3,340
Journalism 1,795
Public Relations & Advertising 1,059
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 192
Communication & Journalism (Other) 156

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Majors Similar to Communication & Journalism

Related Major Annual Graduates
Education 11,541
Psychology 8,699
Social Sciences 8,315
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,217
History 1,506

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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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