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Art Schools

As a professor or instructor of art classes at one of the 1,925 accredited art schools in the country, you play a influential role in shaping the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in art, which encompasses art training at the following levels:

  • Art Certificate
  • Associates degree in Art
  • Bachelors degree in Art
  • Masters degree in Art
  • PhD degree in Art


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Art professionals

50,260 53,240 54,790 51,180 49,230
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 49,230 art professionals working in the US. The number of art professionals has shrunk by 2% between 2006 and 2010.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Art professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by art professionals, in 2010, was $47,282. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for art professionals in the US was 23% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Art

$39,850 $41,902 $44,915 $46,120 $47,282
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Art professionals' salaries have grown by 19% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Art Student enrollment growth by degree

11,004 11,078 11,056 11,193 11,111
41,571 42,163 43,836 43,613 44,745
224 220 208 228 239
4,314 4,414 4,512 4,569 4,750
7,428 11,231 9,261 9,388 7,108
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Art
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Art
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Art
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Art
  • Grey: Certificate in Art

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for art professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 64,541 students who graduated from art degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 67,953 students graduating from art schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 5% growth in the number of art graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from art courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Art Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering art programs has also increased. In 2006 there were 1847 art schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 1925 schools.

Art Faculty Salaries

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