Design Schools
In Amherst, Massachusetts

In Amherst, there are 2 design schools where design faculty can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the design academic community in Amherst, and the future trends. Academia in design includes design training at the following levels:

  • Bachelors degree in Design
  • Masters degree in Design


Professional Trends

Amherst Vs. Massachusetts Design Employment

Amherst 40
Massachusetts 9,730

Of the 9,730 design professionals employed in Massachusetts, 40 work in Amherst. There has been a 20% decline in the number of design professionals in Amherst between the years 2006 and 2010. Overall employment in Amherst has increased.

Amherst Vs. Massachusetts Design employment growth

11,900 11,560 11,870 10,690 9,730
50 30 No data No data 40
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Massachusetts
  • Dark Yellow: Amherst

Design VS. All professions salaries in Amherst

$45,570 $45,610 No data No data $53,910
$41,780 $43,600 $47,470 No data $49,180
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Amherst
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Amherst

As the number of design professionals in Amherst has shrunk, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 an average salary of $53,910 per year was earned by design professionals in Amherst. Four years earlier in 2006, the average salary for design professionals in Amherst was $45,570 per year. This growth is faster than the salary trend for all careers in Amherst.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Amherst

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Design professionals in Amherst earn a median salary of $52,280 per year. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $32,020 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $71,750 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Amherst

Web Design
Visual Communications
Graphic Design
Game Design

On average design professional salaries in Amherst are lower than salaries earned by their professional counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Design schools in Amherst


There are 2 accredited design schools in the city. Many of Amherst's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In Amherst


There are a total of 3 degree and certificate programs in design offered by Amherst's design schools.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Amherst


Approximately 37 students graduated from design courses in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries in Amherst, Massachusetts

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