Design Schools
In Ann Arbor, Michigan

There is only one design school in Ann Arbor for faculty to choose from. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the design academic community in Ann Arbor, and the future trends. Academia in design includes design training at the following levels:

  • Design Certificate
  • Associates degree in Design


Professional Trends

Ann Arbor Vs. Michigan Design Employment

Ann Arbor 610
Michigan 11,970

Of the 11,970 design professionals employed in Michigan, 610 work in Ann Arbor. There has been a 9% decline in the number of design professionals in Ann Arbor between the years 2006 and 2010. As the employment for design professionals in Ann Arbor has decreased, overall employment in Ann Arbor has also decreased.

Ann Arbor Vs. Michigan Design employment growth

17,220 17,930 15,000 13,330 11,970
670 680 790 740 610
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Michigan
  • Dark Yellow: Ann Arbor

Design VS. All professions salaries in Ann Arbor

$48,982 $63,447 $57,184 $56,782 $52,502
$46,370 $47,850 $48,880 $48,930 $48,750
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Ann Arbor
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Ann Arbor

As the number of design professionals in Ann Arbor has shrunk, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 an average salary of $52,502 per year was earned by design professionals in Ann Arbor. The average salary for design professionals in Ann Arbor was $48,982 per year, four years earlier in 2006. The growth in the salary of design professionals in Ann Arbor is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Ann Arbor

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25th percentile
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90th percentile

Design professionals in Ann Arbor earn a median salary of $47,052 per year. The difference in pay between the design professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 220%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $26,202 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $83,726 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Ann Arbor

Visual Communications
Web Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Game Design
Industrial Design

Ann Arbor design professionals have earnings that are lower than the salaries earned by others in related fields, on average.

Educational Trends

Design schools in Ann Arbor


Many of Ann Arbor's design professionals are graduates of the only accredited design school in the city.

Design Programs Offered In Ann Arbor


Ann Arbor's design schools offer 4 design degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Ann Arbor


In 2010 approximately 72 students completed design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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