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2021 Highest Paid Area Studies Graduates in Illinois

102 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,550 Avg Salary
$17,340 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Area Studies School for You

Highest Paid Area Studies Graduates in IllinoisWith 102 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, area studies is the #103 most popular major in Illinois. This means that of the 5,042 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.0% were from a college or university 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 Area Studies Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Area Studies Graduates in Illinois ranking analyzed 2 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in area studies.

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.

How Much Do Area Studies Majors Make After Graduation?

The average area studies major who graduates from a school in Illinois earns about $30,550 per year during the early years of their career. That's not so great, since it is 23% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Nationwide, students who earn a bachelor's degree in area studies make more than those who graduate from schools in Illinois. The national average salary is $32,162.

Average Salary for Area Studies Graduates from Schools in Illinois  30,550
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61,200
Average Salary for Area Studies Graduates from Schools Nationwide  32,162
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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61,200

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2021 Highest Paid Area Studies Grads in Illinois

The following colleges produce the highest paid area studies graduates.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Area Studies Graduates in Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid area studies school. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in area studies from the school is $32,400.

On average, area studies graduates from UIUC take out $17,985 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 $188.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid area studies school. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

While working on their bachelor's, area studies majors at Northwestern U accumulate an average of around $16,569 in student debt.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Chicago as the #2 school in this year's rankings. UIC is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Chicago. Students who receive their bachelor's in area studies from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $28,700.

Area Studies majors at UIC take out an average of $12,524 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $112, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to DePaul University. Located in the large city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, area studies graduates from DePaul carry an average student debtload of $21,526. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $240.

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Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Augustana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Rock Island.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Chicago. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

The average amount in student loans that area studies majors at UChicago take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,710.

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North Central College

Naperville, IL

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Central College. North Central is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Naperville.

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Best Area Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Area Studies Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 255 113
Ohio 246 187
Indiana 227 69
Wisconsin 209 50

One of 1 majors within the Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies area of study, Area Studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Ethnic Studies 174

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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 Karl Udo Gerth.

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