Game Development Schools In California

Game Development classes faculty can choose to work at one of 4 accredited game development schools in California. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of game development and game development training in California, which includes game development training at the following levels:

  • Associates degree in Game Development
  • Bachelors degree in Game Development
  • Masters degree in Game Development


  1. Coleman University

    8888 Balboa Ave, San Diego, California 92123-1506

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. University of Southern California

    University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089

    23 U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. Mt Sierra College

    101 E Huntington Dr, Monrovia, California 91016

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. Los Angeles Film School

    6363 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, California 90028-7318

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

California Vs. National Game Development Employment

California 110,740
National 708,950

Of all of the game development professionals in the country, nearly 32% are in the state of California.

Employment Growth for Game development professionals In California

122,420 121,840 114,510 117,240 8,440
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In California, game development is a shrinking field. In 2010 there were 113,980 less game development professionals working in California than there were in 2006. This represents a 93% decline in the field. This decline is slower than the national trend for game development professionals which shows a 96% decrease in the number of game development professionals working around the nation.

Game Development VS. All Professions salaries in California

$79,787 $83,780 $85,213 $86,483 $74,560
$48,885 $52,410 $54,744 $56,285 $57,176
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Game Development
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The salaries paid to game development professionals are declining in California. The mean salary for game development professionals in 2006 was $79,787 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $74,560 per year.

Salary percentiles for Game development professionals in California

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This represents a decline in salaries of 7%. State trends for all professions are quite different from this decline. There is a 191% pay differential between the highest paid game development professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of game development in California.

Average Salaries for Game development professionals and related professions in California

Computer Animation
Computer Programming
Computer Science
Game Development

In California, game development professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Game Development programs available for each degree type for all schools in California


Most of these graduates, or 50%, earned a bachelor's degree in game development.

Game Development Faculty Salaries in California

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