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Design Schools
In Portland, Oregon

The city of Portland has 5 schools where design faculty can find employment. The trends in Portland's design academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes design training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

Portland Vs. Oregon Design Employment

Portland 3,090
Oregon 4,460

Exactly 3,090 of Oregon's 4,460 design professionals work in Portland. Between 2006 and 2010, in Portland, there has been a 3% decline in the number of design professionals. As the employment for design professionals in Portland has decreased, overall employment in Portland has increased.

Portland Vs. Oregon Design employment growth

4,610 5,020 5,490 5,020 4,460
3,170 3,560 3,890 3,590 3,090
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Oregon
  • Dark Yellow: Portland

Design VS. All professions salaries in Portland

$52,986 $49,521 $52,593 $52,415 $58,260
$41,750 $43,370 $45,060 $46,080 $46,970
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Portland
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Portland

In Portland, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 an average salary of $58,260 per year was earned by design professionals in Portland. Four years earlier in 2006, design professionals in Portland made an average salary of $52,986 per year. The growth in the salary of design professionals in Portland is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Portland

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

Portland design professionals earn a median yearly salary of $53,501. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $32,549 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $94,196 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Portland

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

Portland design professionals have earnings that are higher than the salaries earned by others in related fields, on average.

Educational Trends

Design schools in Portland


Many of Portland's design professionals are graduates of one of the 5 accredited design schools in the city.

Design Programs Offered In Portland


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

Student Completed Design Degrees In Portland


In 2010 approximately 363 students completed design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in Portland, Oregon

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