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2021 Highest Paid Fine & Studio Arts Graduates

25,815 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,363 Avg Salary
$25,480 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Fine & Studio Arts School for You

Highest Paid Fine & Studio Arts GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, fine and studio arts was ranked #23. In fact, 25,815 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Fine Arts Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

For this year's Highest Paid Fine & Studio Arts Graduates ranking, we looked at 343 colleges that offer a bachelor's in Fine Arts.

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 Fine & Studio Arts Majors Make After Graduation?

The average fine and studio arts major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $23,363 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 41% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Average Salary for Fine Arts Graduates from Schools Nationwide  23,363
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Fine & Studio Arts Grads in United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid fine and studio arts majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Fine Arts Graduates

#1

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Princeton University. Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. Fine Arts majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $41,000.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out $16,765 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 $156.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cornell University. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the school is $38,000.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Cornell take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,563. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $142.

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Our rankings recognize University of Maryland - College Park as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in Fine Arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $35,100.

While working on their bachelor's, Fine Arts majors at UMCP accumulate an average of around $20,643 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid fine and studio arts school. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Virginia - Main Campus. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population. Fine Arts majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from University of Virginia carry an average student debtload of $17,480. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $187.

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Our rankings recognize St Lawrence University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. St. Lawrence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Canton.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from St. Lawrence take out $23,042 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#5

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Marist College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Marist is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, Fine Arts majors make an average salary of $34,700.

Fine Arts majors at Marist take out an average of $21,306 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 $259.

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Southern Methodist University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid fine and studio arts school. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the school is $34,200.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at SMU take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,654. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Platteville. UW - Platteville is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Platteville. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the school is $34,000.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UW - Platteville take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,853. 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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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Connecticut State University. Located in the city of New Haven, SCSU is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in Fine Arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $33,600.

While working on their bachelor's, Fine Arts majors at SCSU accumulate an average of around $26,213 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 $270.

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#9

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

While working on their bachelor's, Fine Arts majors at Georgetown accumulate an average of around $15,944 in student debt.

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#9

University of Houston

Houston, TX

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Houston. U of H is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston. Fine Arts majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $33,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from U of H carry an average student debtload of $23,671. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $240.

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#10

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the school is $33,100.

Fine Arts majors at Columbia take out an average of $25,500 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 $244.

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#11

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Fine Arts majors at Carnegie Mellon take out an average of $22,862 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 $278.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Kearney, UNK is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the school is $32,900.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at UNK take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,754. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The College of New Jersey. TCNJ is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Ewing. Fine Arts majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $32,800.

While working on their bachelor's, Fine Arts majors at TCNJ accumulate an average of around $20,007 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 $239.

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University of Southern California landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid fine and studio arts school. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in Fine Arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $32,700.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from USC take out $19,396 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 $202.

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Oral Roberts University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid fine and studio arts school. ORU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Tulsa. Students who receive their bachelor's in Fine Arts from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $32,700.

While working on their bachelor's, Fine Arts majors at ORU accumulate an average of around $23,862 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 $270.

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#14

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Our rankings recognize Kenyon College as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Gambier, Kenyon is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, Fine Arts graduates from Kenyon carry an average student debtload of $14,876.

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#15

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid fine and studio arts school. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of New Haven.

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#15

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid fine and studio arts school. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the school is $31,800.

The average amount in student loans that Fine Arts majors at Brown take out while working on their bachelor's is $13,781.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Located in the distant town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public school with a large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the school is $31,800.

On average, Fine Arts graduates from UW - Whitewater take out $27,565 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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#17

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their bachelor's, Fine Arts majors at GMU accumulate an average of around $19,329 in student debt.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Fine & Studio Arts Graduates

#26

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#26

Duke University

Durham, NC
#27

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
#28

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA
#28

Towson University

Towson, MD
#29

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#31

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#32

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY
#35

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL
#36

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#37

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#37

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ
#38

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#39

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#43

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#44

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Fine & Studio Arts Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 343 different United States fine and studio arts schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
44 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
45 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
46 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
46 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
47 Bates College Lewiston, ME
47 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
48 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
49 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
49 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
50 Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
51 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
51 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
53 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
54 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
56 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
57 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
58 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
59 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
61 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
62 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
63 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
65 University of Delaware Newark, DE
67 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
68 Connecticut College New London, CT
69 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
70 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
71 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
73 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
74 Lafayette College Easton, PA
75 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
77 Providence College Providence, RI
78 Trinity College Hartford, CT
81 Seattle University Seattle, WA
83 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
84 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
85 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
86 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
87 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
88 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
89 Denison University Granville, OH
90 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
93 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
94 Davidson College Davidson, NC
95 American University Washington, DC
100 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
101 Catholic University of America Washington, DC

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 Fine & Studio Arts Graduates award.

Rank College Location
52 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
53 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
54 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
55 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
56 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
57 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
58 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
59 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
60 Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT
61 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
62 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
63 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
64 Utah State University Logan, UT
65 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
66 Ball State University Muncie, IN
67 Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo, CO
68 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
103 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
104 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
106 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
107 Colby College Waterville, ME
108 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
109 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
111 Stonehill College Easton, MA
112 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
116 University of Denver Denver, CO
117 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
118 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
119 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
124 Pomona College Claremont, CA
125 Emory University Atlanta, GA
127 Barnard College New York, NY
129 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
130 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
131 Drake University Des Moines, IA
135 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD

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Fine & Studio Arts is one of 9 different types of Visual & Performing Arts programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 19,137
Music 15,747
Drama & Theater Arts 12,791
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11,308
General Visual & Performing Arts 3,315

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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 Jorge Royan.

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