Salary is one factor that leads to overall satisfaction in a career.

After graduation, theatre arts graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $67,528, while the bottom 20% make closer to $24,119. The median grad salary is $40,357.

Theatre Arts graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts is $24,654, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $35,726.

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 theatre arts graduates

The highest paying career for theatre arts graduates is actor, with top salaries averaging around $49,900.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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