How much do arts graduates earn?

Where do artists reside?

How satisfied are arts alumni with their education?

How many arts alumni have graduate degrees?

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has created this unique website to frame a clearer picture of arts alumni in America. This is just the beginning. Each year more and more survey respondents provide priceless information for the next generation of arts students.

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Arts majors

Arts Majors

A Breakdown of Participants* by Arts Majors**

What is this?

You are looking at the breakdown of respondents by major. Rollover the colored circles or the legend below for more information.

Footnotes

* For participants in the 2010 SNAAP survey

** Major art field of study while at participating institution

*** Overall rating of experience at participating institution

Note: Percentages will not sum to 100% as respondents could select more than one field of study

Architecture (4%)
Gender

Male: 50%

Female: 50%

Transgender: 0.2%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 6%

Good: 41%

Excellent: 52%

Top 3 Occupations

Architect

Sales Related Occupations

Food Preparation Related Occupations

Art History (6%)
Gender

Male: 12%

Female: 87%

Transgender: 0.1%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 7%

Good: 41%

Excellent: 51%

Top 3 Occupations

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

Sales Related Occupations

Arts Administration (2%)
Gender

Male: 29%

Female: 71%

Transgender: 0%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 10%

Good: 49%

Excellent: 40%

Top 3 Occupations

Arts Administrator or Manager

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

Sales Related Occupations

Arts Education (12%)
Gender

Male: 33%

Female: 67%

Transgender: 0.1%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 6%

Good: 35%

Excellent: 58%

Top 3 Occupations

K-12 Arts Teacher

Musician

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

Creative & Other Writing (2%)
Gender

Male: 32%

Female: 68%

Transgender: 0%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 11%

Good: 38%

Excellent: 50%

Top 3 Occupations

Writer, Author, Editor

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

Communications

Dance (3%)
Gender

Male: 13%

Female: 87%

Transgender: 0%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 6%

Good: 33%

Excellent: 60%

Top 3 Occupations

Dancer or Choreographer

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

Food Preparation Related Occupations

Design (11%)
Gender

Male: 29%

Female: 71%

Transgender: 0.1%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 11%

Good: 48%

Excellent: 40%

Top 3 Occupations

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Sales Related Occupations

Food Preparation Related Occupations

Fine & Studio Arts (22%)
Gender

Male: 30%

Female: 70%

Transgender: 0.4%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 2%

Fair: 10%

Good: 44%

Excellent: 44%

Top 3 Occupations

Fine Artist

Sales Related Occupations

Food Preparation Related Occupations

Media Arts (10%)
Gender

Male: 48%

Female: 52%

Transgender: 0.2%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 2%

Fair: 11%

Good: 48%

Excellent: 39%

Top 3 Occupations

Film, TV, Video Artist

Communications

Sales Related Occupations

Music History, Composition & Theory (2%)
Gender

Male: 65%

Female: 35%

Transgender: 0%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 9%

Good: 40%

Excellent: 50%

Top 3 Occupations

Musician

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

Higher Education Arts Teacher

Music Performance (17%)
Gender

Male: 42%

Female: 58%

Transgender: 0.1%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 7%

Good: 38%

Excellent: 54%

Top 3 Occupations

Musician

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

K-12 Arts Teacher

Theatre (13%)
Gender

Male: 37%

Female: 63%

Transgender: 0.1%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 2%

Fair: 9%

Good: 40%

Excellent: 50%

Top 3 Occupations

Actor

Theater and Stage Director, Producer, Manager

Food Preparation Related Occupations

Other Arts Majors (2%)
Gender

Male: 41%

Female: 59%

Transgender: 0%

Education Satisfaction***

Poor: 1%

Fair: 15%

Good: 40%

Excellent: 44%

Top 3 Occupations

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

Food Preparation Related Occupations

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

Skills

Skills

Important Skills and Competencies in Profession or Work Life*

What is this?

This chart represents a range of skills / competencies being reported as important. Rollover each bar or the legend below to view additional information.

Footnotes

* As selected by participants in the 2010 SNAAP survey

Note: Percentages will not sum to 100% as respondents could select more than one skill/competency.

  • Artistic
    Artistic

    Using artistic technique

    Current Artists: 83%

    Previous Artists: 59%

    Never Artists: 43%

    Overall: 62%

  • Critical Thinking
    Critical Thinking

    Thinking critically about information

    Current Artists: 87%

    Previous Artists: 86%

    Never Artists: 85%

    Overall: 86%

  • Creativity
    Creativity

    Thinking creatively

    Current Artists: 94%

    Previous Artists: 87%

    Never Artists: 82%

    Overall: 88%

  • Communication
    Communication

    Writing and speaking clearly, effectively and persuasively

    Current Artists: 80%

    Previous Artists: 85%

    Never Artists: 84%

    Overall: 82%

  • Teamwork
    Teamwork

    Working effectively with others

    Current Artists: 91%

    Previous Artists: 91%

    Never Artists: 91%

    Overall: 91%

  • Leadership
    Leadership

    Using leadership skills

    Current Artists: 78%

    Previous Artists: 78%

    Never Artists: 76%

    Overall: 77%

  • Broad Knowledge
    Broad Knowledge

    Demonstrating broad knowledge and education

    Current Artists: 76%

    Previous Artists: 75%

    Never Artists: 74%

    Overall: 75%

  • Organizational
    Organizational

    Organizing and managing projects and tasks

    Current Artists: 85%

    Previous Artists: 84%

    Never Artists: 84%

    Overall: 84%

  • Financial / Business
    Financial / Business

    Managing financial and business aspects

    Current Artists: 50%

    Previous Artists: 44%

    Never Artists: 40%

    Overall: 44%

  • Entrepreneurial
    Entrepreneurial

    Using entrepreneurial skills

    Current Artists: 43%

    Previous Artists: 31%

    Never Artists: 22%

    Overall: 32%

  • Research
    Research

    Using research skills

    Current Artists: 61%

    Previous Artists: 60%

    Never Artists: 58%

    Overall: 60%

  • Teaching / Mentoring
    Teaching / Mentoring

    Teaching and mentoring others effectively

    Current Artists: 64%

    Previous Artists: 67%

    Never Artists: 65%

    Overall: 65%

  • Technology
    Technology

    Using technology

    Current Artists: 75%

    Previous Artists: 72%

    Never Artists: 70%

    Overall: 73%

Locations

Degrees

Current Work

Debt

Debt & Earnings

Individual Income and Debt of Participants* by Education Level

What is this?

This chart compares income vs. debt for each education level. Rollover each degree to see additional information.

Footnotes

* For participants in the 2010 SNAAP survey

** Reported individual income from all occupations

*** Reported student loan debt to attend participating institution

Note: All degrees are based on the Percent Reporting Having Pursued at Participating Institution

  • Cert / AD
    (CERTIFICATE / ARTIST DIPLOMA)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $5,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 11%

    Some Impact: 31%

    Major Impact: 24%

    No Student Debt Loan: 34%

  • Associate's (Associate of Arts / Associate of Science)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $0

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 20%

    Some Impact: 22%

    Major Impact: 14%

    No Student Debt Loan: 44%

  • BA (Bachelor of Arts)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $5,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 15%

    Some Impact: 26%

    Major Impact: 27%

    No Student Debt Loan: 32%

  • BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $15,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 15%

    Some Impact: 27%

    Major Impact: 29%

    No Student Debt Loan: 30%

  • BM / B Mus / BME
    (BACHELOR OF MUSIC /
    BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $5,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 16%

    Some Impact: 29%

    Major Impact: 24%

    No Student Debt Loan: 31%

  • BS (BACHELOR OF SCIENCE)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $5,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 15%

    Some Impact: 25%

    Major Impact: 25%

    No Student Debt Loan: 36%

  • MA (Master of Arts)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $15,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 15%

    Some Impact: 28%

    Major Impact: 30%

    No Student Debt Loan: 27%

  • MArch (Master of Architecture)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $25,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 17%

    Some Impact: 30%

    Major Impact: 36%

    No Student Debt Loan: 17%

  • MBA (Masters of Business Administration)

    Median Individual Income**: $50,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $2,500

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 25%

    Some Impact: 13%

    Major Impact: 31%

    No Student Debt Loan: 31%

  • MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $15,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 12%

    Some Impact: 28%

    Major Impact: 36%

    No Student Debt Loan: 24%

  • MM / M Mus / MMED
    (Master of Music /
    Master of Music Education)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $5,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 16%

    Some Impact: 29%

    Major Impact: 24%

    No Student Debt Loan: 31%

  • MS (Master of Science)

    Median Individual Income**: $40,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $25,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 22%

    Some Impact: 28%

    Major Impact: 36%

    No Student Debt Loan: 14%

  • DMA / DM / DME
    (Doctor of Musical Arts /
    Doctor of Music /
    Doctor of Music Education)

    Median Individual Income**: $50,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $10,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 15%

    Some Impact: 28%

    Major Impact: 30%

    No Student Debt Loan: 27%

  • JD (Juris Doctor)

    Median Individual Income**: $90,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $0

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 0%

    Some Impact: 50%

    Major Impact: 25%

    No Student Debt Loan: 25%

  • MD / DO (Doctor of Medicine)

    Median Individual Income**: $30,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $7,500

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 0%

    Some Impact: 50%

    Major Impact: 50%

    No Student Debt Loan: 0%

  • PhD / EdD (Doctor of Philosophy /
    Doctor of Education)

    Median Individual Income**: $50,000

    Median Student Loan Debt***: $5,000

    Impact of debt on career decisions

    No Impact: 22%

    Some Impact: 27%

    Major Impact: 18%

    No Student Debt Loan: 32%

Median Individual Income By Degree
Median Individual Student Loan Debt By Degree