A high salary does not necessarily mean high satisfaction.
After graduation, design and applied arts graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $75,353, while the bottom 20% make closer to $31,283. The median grad salary is $48,552.
Design and Applied Arts graduate salaries over time
The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in design and applied arts is $38,911, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $45,397.
This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:
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