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Design Schools
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In Pittsburgh, there are 10 design schools where design faculty can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the design academic community in Pittsburgh, and the future trends. Academia in design includes design training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

Pittsburgh Vs. Pennsylvania Design Employment

Pittsburgh 2,870
Pennsylvania 14,850

Exactly 2,870 of Pennsylvania's 14,850 design professionals work in Pittsburgh. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of design professionals in Pittsburgh has grown by 2%. As the number of design professionals in Pittsburgh has increased, overall employment in Pittsburgh has also increased.

Pittsburgh Vs. Pennsylvania Design employment growth

15,700 16,160 16,640 15,590 14,850
2,810 3,440 3,720 3,530 2,870
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Pennsylvania
  • Dark Yellow: Pittsburgh

Design VS. All professions salaries in Pittsburgh

$46,810 $50,914 $45,917 $47,526 $46,147
$36,700 $38,190 $40,030 $41,450 $42,510
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Pittsburgh
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Pittsburgh

As the number of design professionals in Pittsburgh has grown, salaries for design professionals have decreased. In 2010 Pittsburgh design professionals earned an average yearly salary of $46,147. The average salary for design professionals in Pittsburgh was $46,810 per year, four years earlier in 2006. The decline in the salary of design professionals in Pittsburgh is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Pittsburgh

10th percentile
25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

Design professionals make a median salary of $44,631 per year in Pittsburgh. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $28,411 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $66,250 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Pittsburgh

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

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in Pittsburgh


There are 10 accredited design schools in the city. Many of Pittsburgh's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In Pittsburgh


There are a total of 26 degree and certificate programs in design offered by Pittsburgh's design schools.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Pittsburgh


In 2010 approximately 751 students graduated from design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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