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Design Schools
In San Diego, California

There are 13 design schools in San Diego for faculty to choose from. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in design in the city of San Diego, which encompasses design training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

San Diego Vs. California Design Employment

San Diego 3,950
California 51,090

Exactly 3,950 of the 51,090 design professionals employed in California, work in San Diego. There has been a 17% decline in the number of design professionals in San Diego between the years 2006 and 2010. As the number of design professionals in San Diego has decreased, overall employment in San Diego has increased.

San Diego Vs. California Design employment growth

55,280 58,870 60,360 54,180 51,090
4,750 5,030 4,720 4,290 3,950
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: California
  • Dark Yellow: San Diego

Design VS. All professions salaries in San Diego

$52,647 $56,331 $54,981 $56,979 $55,229
$43,600 $45,210 $47,250 $48,860 $50,200
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in San Diego
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in San Diego

Salaries for design professionals in San Diego have increased. San Diego design professionals made $55,229 per year, on average, in 2010. Four years earlier in 2006, design professionals in San Diego made an average salary of $52,647 per year. The growth in the salary of design professionals in San Diego is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in San Diego

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

San Diego design professionals earn a median yearly salary of $51,855. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $28,349 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately 204% higher salaries.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in San Diego

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

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in San Diego


There are 13 accredited design schools in the city. Many of San Diego's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In San Diego


There are a total of 24 degree and certificate programs in design offered by San Diego's design schools.

Student Completed Design Degrees In San Diego


In 2010 approximately 464 students completed design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in San Diego, California

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