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2021 Highest Paid Graphic Communications Graduates

2,944 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,632 Avg Salary
$27,718 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Graphic Communications School for You

Highest Paid Graphic Communications GraduatesGraphic Communications is the #109 most popular major in the country with 2,944 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. 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 Graphic Communication list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Graphic Communications Graduates ranking looked at 41 colleges that offer a bachelor's in graphic communication.

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 Graphic Communications Majors After Graduation

After graduating, graphic communications majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $28,632 per year. Unfortunately, that is 28% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Average Salary for Graphic Communication Graduates from Schools Nationwide  28,632
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Graphic Communications Grads in United States

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

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Graphic Communication Graduates

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rochester Institute of Technology. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, graphic communication majors make an average salary of $51,100.

On average, graphic communication graduates from RIT take out $25,789 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in graphic communication from the school is $50,100.

The average amount in student loans that graphic communication majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,971. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

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Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in graphic communication from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $45,300.

Graphic Communication majors at BYU take out an average of $13,857 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Ringling College of Art and Design comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Ringling College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Sarasota. Students who receive their bachelor's in graphic communication from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $44,400.

On average, graphic communication graduates from Ringling College take out $27,300 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Baker College

Flint, MI

Baker College earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Flint, Baker College is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in graphic communication from the school is $43,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, graphic communication graduates from Baker College carry an average student debtload of $25,470. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $251, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UW - Stout is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Menomonie. Students who receive their bachelor's in graphic communication from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $40,100.

On average, graphic communication graduates from UW - Stout take out $22,319 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $263.

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Our rankings recognize Roger Williams University as the #7 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. Students who receive their bachelor's in graphic communication from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,200.

While working on their bachelor's, graphic communication majors at RWU accumulate an average of around $23,982 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Carroll University

Waukesha, WI

Carroll University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Carroll U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waukesha. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in graphic communication from the school is $37,900.

Graphic Communication majors at Carroll U take out an average of $22,801 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $257.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois State University. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Normal. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, graphic communication majors make an average salary of $37,200.

After completing their bachelor's degree, graphic communication graduates from Illinois State carry an average student debtload of $22,223. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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SAE Expression College

Emeryville, CA

SAE Expression College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. SAE Expression College is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Emeryville. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in graphic communication from the school is $35,900.

Graphic Communication majors at SAE Expression College take out an average of $34,209 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $337, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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One of 3 majors within the Communications Technologies & Support area of study, Graphic Communications has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Audiovisual Communications 1,340
Communications Technology 319
Other Communication Technology 103

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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 Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

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