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States with advertising schools

How will your advertising education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the advertising education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 305 brick and mortar advertising schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with advertising programs were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  2. New York University - located in New York, New York
  3. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas

Student Demographics

In the US, 10,955 students graduated from advertising programs in 2010. Of these students, 185 received certifications in advertising, 10,166 received an undergraduate degree in advertising, and 604 received a graduate-level degree in advertising.


Students can pursue education in advertising at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Advertising
  • Bachelor's Degree in Advertising
  • Master's Degree in Advertising
  • Doctoral Degree in Advertising
  • Certificate in Advertising

During the course of their advertising education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Psychology
  • Information Ordering
  • Public Speaking
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Persuasiveness


In 2010, advertising schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $22,192 per year. The following advertising schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  3. New York University - located in New York, New York, students paid $38,765

The advertising schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491
  3. University of Idaho - located in Moscow, Idaho, students paid $4,932

How will your advertising job compare?

The highest percentage of advertising graduates pursue careers as advertisers. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 145,160 advertisers working in the US. The states with the largest populations of advertisers are:

  1. New York - 24,170 Advertisers
  2. California - 13,240 Advertisers
  3. Florida - 9,790 Advertisers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of people working as an advertiser will grow by 8%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 179,760 advertisers working in the US. The number of advertisers is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 29%
  2. Georgia - 25%
  3. Virginia - 20%


An advertiser in the US earns $52,573 per year on average. However, factors such as your exact job description, experience, or work conditions can cause the salary for an advertiser to vary greatly. An advertiser in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,450 per year to more than $155,780 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for an advertiser:

  1. Connecticut - $73,820 per year
  2. Arizona - $68,920 per year
  3. New York - $67,870 per year

On average, an advertiser earns the least in the following states:

  1. Wyoming - $32,020 per year
  2. Louisiana - $36,820 per year
  3. Montana - $38,070 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Advertising Sales Agents 145,160 $55,020 -5.7%
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 53,460 $104,390 22.1%
Writers and Authors 40,980 $65,960 -4.7%
Advertising and Promotions Managers 32,240 $98,720 -22.7%