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Design Schools
In San Francisco, California

Design faculty can choose to work at one of 7 design schools in San Francisco. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of design and design education in San Francisco, which includes design training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

San Francisco Vs. California Design Employment

San Francisco 6,400
California 51,090

Exactly 6,400 of California's 51,090 design professionals work in San Francisco. Between 2006 and 2010, in San Francisco, there has been a 20% growth in the number of design professionals. Overall employment in San Francisco has also increased.

San Francisco Vs. California Design employment growth

55,280 58,870 60,360 54,180 51,090
5,330 6,320 7,260 6,340 6,400
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: California
  • Dark Yellow: San Francisco

Design VS. All professions salaries in San Francisco

$66,019 $73,261 $71,194 $70,558 $68,028
$54,770 $57,810 $60,430 $61,940 $63,290
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in San Francisco
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in San Francisco

As the number of design professionals in San Francisco has grown, salaries for design professionals have also increased. In 2010 design professionals in San Francisco reportedly earned an average salary of $68,028 per year. Four years earlier in 2006, the average salary for design professionals in San Francisco was $66,019 per year. The growth in the salary of design professionals in San Francisco is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in San Francisco

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

Design professionals in San Francisco make a median yearly salary of $63,005. The difference in pay between the design professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 159%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $37,974 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $98,311 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in San Francisco

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

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in San Francisco


There are 7 accredited design schools in the city. Many of San Francisco's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In San Francisco


San Francisco's design schools offer 41 design degree and certificate programs.

Student Completed Design Degrees In San Francisco


In 2010 approximately 1,189 students graduated from design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in San Francisco, California

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