Your degree doesn’t dictate your future salary, but it is a strong indicator.

After graduation, fine arts graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $67,242, while the bottom 20% make closer to $22,937. The median grad salary is $39,272.

Fine Arts graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts is $25,096, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $36,768.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for fine arts graduates

The highest paying careers for fine arts graduates are art director, games artist, multimedia animator and calligrapher, with top salaries averaging around $89,151.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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