Design Schools
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In Philadelphia, there are 9 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 Philadelphia, which encompasses design training at the following levels:

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


Professional Trends

Philadelphia Vs. Pennsylvania Design Employment

Philadelphia 5,850
Pennsylvania 14,850

Exactly 5,850 of the 14,850 design professionals employed in Pennsylvania, work in Philadelphia. Between 2006 and 2010, in Philadelphia, there has been a 4% decline in the number of design professionals. As the number of design professionals in Philadelphia has decreased, overall employment in Philadelphia has increased.

Philadelphia Vs. Pennsylvania Design employment growth

15,700 16,160 16,640 15,590 14,850
6,070 6,610 6,620 6,200 5,850
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Pennsylvania
  • Dark Yellow: Philadelphia

Design VS. All professions salaries in Philadelphia

$46,646 $47,186 $48,229 $50,966 $52,596
$43,010 $44,460 $46,450 $48,340 $49,280
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Philadelphia
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Philadelphia

As the number of design professionals in Philadelphia has shrunk, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 Philadelphia design professionals earned an average yearly salary of $52,596. Four years earlier in 2006, the average salary for design professionals in Philadelphia was $46,646 per year. The growth in the salary of design professionals in Philadelphia is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Philadelphia

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

Design professionals in Philadelphia earn a median salary of $49,298 per year. The difference in pay between the design professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 183%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $28,462 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $80,522 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Philadelphia

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

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in Philadelphia


Many of Philadelphia's design professionals are graduates of one of the 9 accredited design schools in the city.

Design Programs Offered In Philadelphia


Philadelphia's design schools offer 40 design degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Philadelphia


In 2010 approximately 858 students completed design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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