Design Schools
In Boston, Massachusetts

In Boston, there are 10 design schools where design faculty can find employment. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in design in the city of Boston, which encompasses design training at the following levels:

  • Design Certificate
  • Associates degree in Design
  • Bachelors degree in Design
  • Masters degree in Design


Professional Trends

Boston Vs. Massachusetts Design Employment

Boston 5,790
Massachusetts 9,730

Of the 9,730 design professionals employed in Massachusetts, 5,790 work in Boston. Between 2006 and 2010, in Boston, there has been a 20% decline in the number of design professionals. As the number of design professionals in Boston has decreased, overall employment in Boston has increased.

Boston Vs. Massachusetts Design employment growth

11,900 11,560 11,870 10,690 9,730
7,230 7,230 7,320 6,490 5,790
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Massachusetts
  • Dark Yellow: Boston

Design VS. All professions salaries in Boston

$61,310 $61,494 $63,704 $61,880 $58,318
$52,100 $54,000 $56,060 $58,330 $59,410
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Boston
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Boston

As the number of design professionals in Boston has shrunk, salaries for design professionals have also decreased. In 2010 Boston design professionals earned an average yearly salary of $58,318. Four years earlier in 2006, design professionals in Boston made an average salary of $61,310 per year. The decline in the salary of design professionals in Boston is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Boston

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Design professionals in Boston make a median yearly salary of $52,372. The difference in pay between the design professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 149%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $36,901 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $91,908 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Boston

Fashion Design
Visual Communications
Graphic Design
Web Design
Interior Design
Computer Animation
Industrial Design
Game Design

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in Boston


Many of Boston's design professionals are graduates of one of the 10 accredited design schools in the city.

Design Programs Offered In Boston


Boston's design schools offer 24 design degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Boston


In 2010 approximately 431 students completed design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in Boston, Massachusetts

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