Design Schools
In Oakland, California

There are 2 design schools in Oakland for faculty to choose from. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of design and design education in Oakland, which includes design training at the following levels:

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


Professional Trends

Oakland Vs. California Design Employment

Oakland 2,720
California 51,090

Of the 51,090 design professionals employed in California, 2,720 work in Oakland. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of design professionals in Oakland has shrunk by 0%. As the number of design professionals in Oakland has decreased, overall employment in Oakland has increased.

Oakland Vs. California Design employment growth

55,280 58,870 60,360 54,180 51,090
2,730 2,910 3,490 3,290 2,720
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: California
  • Dark Yellow: Oakland

Design VS. All professions salaries in Oakland

$58,030 $64,348 $65,584 $64,158 $61,268
$49,830 $51,220 $53,260 $54,590 $56,360
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Oakland
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Oakland

As the number of design professionals in Oakland has shrunk, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 design professionals in Oakland reportedly earned an average salary of $61,268 per year. Four years earlier in 2006, design professionals in Oakland made an average salary of $58,030 per year. This growth is slower than the salary trend for all careers in Oakland.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Oakland

10th percentile
25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Design professionals in Oakland earn a median salary of $55,029 per year. The difference in pay between the design professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 201%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $33,752 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $101,669 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Oakland

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

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in Oakland


There are 2 accredited design schools in the city. Many of Oakland's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In Oakland


Oakland's design schools offer 9 design degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Oakland


Approximately 130 students completed design courses in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries in Oakland, California

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