Design Schools
In Washington DC

There are 7 design schools in Washington for faculty to choose from. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of design and design education in Washington, which includes design training at the following levels:

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


Professional Trends

Washington DC Vs. Washington DC Design Employment

Washington DC 7,770
Washington DC 2,510

Exactly 7,770 of the 2,510 design professionals employed in Washington DC, work in Washington. There has been a 5% decline in the number of design professionals in Washington between the years 2006 and 2010. Overall employment in Washington has increased.

Washington DC Vs. Washington DC Design employment growth

2,320 2,500 2,660 2,820 2,510
8,150 8,010 8,650 8,360 7,770
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Washington DC
  • Dark Yellow: Washington DC

Design VS. All professions salaries in Washington DC

$54,184 $53,263 $51,326 $52,471 $52,775
$52,980 $54,840 $57,620 $60,090 $62,300
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Washington DC
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Washington DC

Salaries for design professionals in Washington have decreased. In 2010 an average salary of $52,775 per year was earned by design professionals in Washington. The average salary for design professionals in Washington was $54,184 per year, four years earlier in 2006. This decline is slower than the salary trend for all careers in Washington.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Washington DC

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90th percentile

Design professionals make a median salary of $47,940 per year in Washington. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $29,708 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately 181% higher salaries.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Washington DC

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

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in Washington DC


Many of Washington's design professionals are graduates of one of the 7 accredited design schools in the city.

Design Programs Offered In Washington DC


Washington's design schools offer 11 design degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Washington DC


Approximately 104 students graduated from design courses in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries in Washington DC, Washington DC

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