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Design Schools
In Costa Mesa, California

There are 2 design schools in Costa Mesa for faculty to choose from. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of design and design education in Costa Mesa, which includes design training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

Costa Mesa Vs. California Design Employment

Costa Mesa 6,300
California 51,090

Exactly 6,300 of California's 51,090 design professionals work in Costa Mesa. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of design professionals in Costa Mesa has grown by 9%. As the employment for design professionals in Costa Mesa has increased, overall employment in Costa Mesa has decreased.

Costa Mesa Vs. California Design employment growth

55,280 58,870 60,360 54,180 51,090
5,780 7,330 8,050 6,840 6,300
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: California
  • Dark Yellow: Costa Mesa

Design VS. All professions salaries in Costa Mesa

$54,755 $57,114 $57,616 $60,248 $57,393
$44,220 $45,820 $47,730 $48,940 $49,780
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Costa Mesa
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Costa Mesa

As the number of design professionals in Costa Mesa has grown, salaries for design professionals have also increased. In 2010 design professionals in Costa Mesa reportedly earned an average salary of $57,393 per year. Four years earlier in 2006, design professionals in Costa Mesa made an average salary of $54,755 per year. The growth in the salary of design professionals in Costa Mesa is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Costa Mesa

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

Design professionals in Costa Mesa make a median yearly salary of $51,490. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $30,382 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $98,161 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Costa Mesa

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

Design professional salaries in Costa Mesa are, on average, lower than salaries earned for professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Design schools in Costa Mesa


Many of Costa Mesa's design professionals are graduates of one of the 2 accredited design schools in the city.

Design Programs Offered In Costa Mesa


There are a total of 9 degree and certificate programs in design offered by Costa Mesa's design schools.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Costa Mesa


Approximately 68 students graduated from design courses in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries in Costa Mesa, California

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