Fashion Schools
In Chicago, Illinois

There are 5 fashion schools in Chicago for faculty to choose from. The trends in Chicago's fashion academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes fashion training at the following levels:

  • Fashion Certificate
  • Associates degree in Fashion
  • Bachelors degree in Fashion


Professional Trends

Chicago Vs. Illinois Fashion Employment

Chicago 130,060
Illinois 198,130

Of the 198,130 fashion professionals employed in Illinois, 130,060 work in Chicago. There has been a 1% decline in the number of fashion professionals in Chicago between the years 2006 and 2010. As the number of fashion professionals in Chicago has decreased, overall employment in Chicago has increased.

Chicago Vs. Illinois Fashion employment growth

204,680 202,350 209,630 201,850 198,130
131,050 132,740 138,380 132,310 130,060
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Illinois
  • Dark Yellow: Chicago

Fashion VS. All professions salaries in Chicago

$44,554 $53,318 $56,195 $53,375 $53,280
$43,430 $45,710 $47,740 $48,910 $49,140
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Fashion in Chicago
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Chicago

In Chicago, salaries for fashion professionals have increased. Chicago fashion professionals made $53,280 per year, on average, in 2010. Four years earlier in 2006, fashion professionals in Chicago made an average salary of $44,554 per year. This growth is faster than the salary trend for all careers in Chicago.

Salary percentiles for Fashion professionals in Chicago

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Fashion professionals in Chicago earn a median salary of $47,700 per year. The difference in pay between the fashion professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 158%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $27,775 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $71,604 per year.

Average Salaries for Fashion professionals and related professions in Chicago

Fashion Design
Fashion Merchandising
Fashion Marketing

On average fashion professional salaries in Chicago are lower than salaries earned by their professional counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Fashion schools in Chicago


There are 5 accredited fashion schools in the city. Many of Chicago's fashion professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Fashion Programs Offered In Chicago


There are a total of 9 degree and certificate programs in fashion offered by Chicago's fashion schools.

Student Completed Fashion Degrees In Chicago


Approximately 448 students completed fashion courses in 2010.

Fashion Faculty Salaries in Chicago, Illinois

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