Is the cost of this degree worth the salary it leads to?

After graduation, music and related studies graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $79,487, while the bottom 20% make closer to $22,519. The median grad salary is $42,308.

Music and Related Studies graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in music and related studies is $26,433, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $41,528.

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

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Wage Range Median Wage

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