Design Schools
In Columbia, Maryland

The city of Columbia has 3 schools where design faculty can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the design academic community in Columbia, and the future trends. Academia in design includes design training at the following levels:

  • Design Certificate
  • Bachelors degree in Design


Professional Trends

Columbia Vs. Maryland Design Employment

Columbia 3,270
Maryland 7,040

Exactly 3,270 of the 7,040 design professionals employed in Maryland, work in Columbia. There has been a 13% decline in the number of design professionals in Columbia between the years 2006 and 2010. Overall employment in Columbia has increased.

Columbia Vs. Maryland Design employment growth

7,280 7,800 7,160 8,020 7,040
3,750 3,950 3,940 3,900 3,270
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Maryland
  • Dark Yellow: Columbia

Design VS. All professions salaries in Columbia

$52,211 $50,764 $50,908 $49,108 $55,121
$43,230 $45,220 $47,030 $48,670 $49,910
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Columbia
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Columbia

In Columbia, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 design professionals in Columbia reportedly earned an average salary of $55,121 per year. Four years earlier in 2006, the average salary for design professionals in Columbia was $52,211 per year. The growth in the salary of design professionals in Columbia is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Columbia

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25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Design professionals in Columbia make a median yearly salary of $50,572. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $30,851 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $85,938 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Columbia

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

On average design professionals in Columbia earn salaries that are lower than the salaries earned by other professionals in Columbia.

Educational Trends

Design schools in Columbia


There are 3 accredited design schools in the city. Many of Columbia's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In Columbia


Columbia's design schools offer 2 design degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Columbia


Approximately 6 students completed design courses in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries in Columbia, Maryland

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