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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in Illinois

3,692 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,489 Avg Salary
$23,798 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in IllinoisIn 2018-2019, communication and journalism students earned 3,692 bachelor's degrees from a Illinois school, making the subject the 8th in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.8% of all the communication and journalism bachelor's degrees in the country. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in Illinois ranking, we looked at 29 colleges that offer a bachelor's in communication and journalism.

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.

Salaries of Communication & Journalism Majors After Graduation

After graduating, communication and journalism majors that go to school in Illinois go on to jobs making an average of $31,489 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 21% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a communication and journalism degree is $31,358. So, there's not much difference on that front.

Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools in Illinois  31,489
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Average Salary for Communication & Journalism Graduates from Schools Nationwide  31,358
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63,000
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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63,000

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2021 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Grads in Illinois

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Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates in Illinois

#1

North Central College

Naperville, IL

North Central College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the medium-sized city of Naperville, North Central is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#2

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lake Forest College. Lake Forest is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lake Forest.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the #3 school in this year's rankings. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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#5

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Our rankings recognize Augustana College as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Wheaton College Illinois comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Wheaton, Wheaton College Illinois is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of St Francis comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Joliet, University of Saint Francis is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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DeVry University - Illinois landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid communication and journalism school. Located in the large city of Chicago, DeVry University - Illinois is a private for-profit college with a large student population.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Chicago. Located in the city of Chicago, UIC is a public school with a very large student population.

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Loyola University Chicago earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Loyola Chicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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Best Communication & Journalism Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 37 3,290
Ohio 34 3,878
Indiana 33 2,483
Wisconsin 31 1,839

Communication & Journalism Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 1,925
Public Relations & Advertising 924
Journalism 479
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 337
Communication & Journalism (Other) 27

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 4,951
Psychology 4,086
Education 3,367
History 784
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 593

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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 Josh Hallett.

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