Design Schools
In Chicago, Illinois

There are 17 design schools in Chicago for faculty to choose from. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in design in the city of Chicago, which encompasses design training at the following levels:

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


Statistics

Professional Trends

Chicago Vs. Illinois Design Employment

Chicago 13,890
Illinois 19,500

Of the 19,500 design professionals employed in Illinois, 13,890 work in Chicago. Between 2006 and 2010, in Chicago, there has been a 8% growth in the number of design professionals. Overall employment in Chicago has also increased.

Chicago Vs. Illinois Design employment growth

17,860 19,500 18,270 19,630 19,500
12,900 14,370 13,160 14,760 13,890
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Illinois
  • Dark Yellow: Chicago

Design VS. All professions salaries in Chicago

$51,046 $51,527 $49,375 $58,272 $58,565
$43,430 $45,710 $47,740 $48,910 $49,140
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Chicago
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Chicago

In Chicago, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 Chicago design professionals earned an average yearly salary of $58,565. The average salary for design professionals in Chicago was $51,046 per year, four years earlier in 2006. This growth is faster than the salary trend for all careers in Chicago.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Chicago

10th percentile
$28,378
25th percentile
$38,315
50th percentile
$54,152
75th percentile
$73,269
90th percentile
$75,564

Design professionals make a median salary of $54,152 per year in Chicago. The difference in pay between the design professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 166%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $28,378 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $75,564 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Chicago

Visual Communications
$52,693
Interior Design
$53,490
Web Design
$53,900
Graphic Design
$53,900
Drafting
$54,193
Industrial Design
$54,620
Fashion Design
$54,670
Design
$58,565
Computer Animation
$62,850
Game Design
$86,185

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in Chicago

17

There are 17 accredited design schools in the city. Many of Chicago's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In Chicago

associate
10
bachelor
29
master
9
doctor
1
Certificate
3
Total52

There are a total of 52 degree and certificate programs in design offered by Chicago's design schools.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Chicago

associate
359
bachelor
1,019
master
107
doctor
1
Certificate
15
Total1,501

Approximately 1,501 students graduated from design courses in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries in Chicago, Illinois

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