Design Schools
In Grand Rapids, Michigan

In Grand Rapids, there are 3 design schools where design faculty can find employment. The trends in Grand Rapids' design academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes design training at the following levels:

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


Professional Trends

Grand Rapids Vs. Michigan Design Employment

Grand Rapids 870
Michigan 11,970

Exactly 870 of the 11,970 design professionals employed in Michigan, work in Grand Rapids. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of design professionals in Grand Rapids has shrunk by 38%. As the employment for design professionals in Grand Rapids has decreased, overall employment in Grand Rapids has increased.

Grand Rapids Vs. Michigan Design employment growth

17,220 17,930 15,000 13,330 11,970
1,410 1,820 1,400 1,650 870
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Michigan
  • Dark Yellow: Grand Rapids

Design VS. All professions salaries in Grand Rapids

$55,087 $55,632 $57,712 $56,440 $55,218
$38,060 $39,250 $40,460 $40,710 $41,010
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Grand Rapids
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Grand Rapids

Salaries for design professionals in Grand Rapids have increased. Grand Rapids design professionals made $55,218 per year, on average, in 2010. Design professionals in Grand Rapids made a yearly average salary of $55,087, four years earlier in 2006. This growth is slower than the salary trend for all careers in Grand Rapids.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Grand Rapids

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Design professionals make a median salary of $48,475 per year in Grand Rapids. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $30,952 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately 189% higher salaries.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Grand Rapids

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

On average design professional salaries in Grand Rapids are higher than salaries earned by their professional counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Design schools in Grand Rapids


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

Design Programs Offered In Grand Rapids


There are a total of 6 degree and certificate programs in design offered by Grand Rapids' design schools.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Grand Rapids


In 2010 approximately 23 students completed design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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