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Design Schools
In Santa Cruz, California

The city of Santa Cruz has only one school where design faculty can find employment. The trends in Santa Cruz's design academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes design training at the design bachelors degree level.


Professional Trends

Santa Cruz Vs. California Design Employment

Santa Cruz 150
California 51,090

Exactly 150 of the 51,090 design professionals employed in California, work in Santa Cruz. Between 2006 and 2010, in Santa Cruz, there has been a 21% decline in the number of design professionals. As the number of design professionals in Santa Cruz has decreased, overall employment in Santa Cruz has increased.

Santa Cruz Vs. California Design employment growth

55,280 58,870 60,360 54,180 51,090
190 200 180 120 150
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: California
  • Dark Yellow: Santa Cruz

Design VS. All professions salaries in Santa Cruz

$43,740 $37,535 $40,890 $66,637 $68,187
$41,940 $43,260 $45,230 $45,870 $46,770
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Santa Cruz
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Santa Cruz

Salaries for design professionals in Santa Cruz have increased. In 2010 design professionals in Santa Cruz reportedly earned an average salary of $68,187 per year. The average salary for design professionals in Santa Cruz was $43,740 per year, four years earlier in 2006. The growth in the salary of design professionals in Santa Cruz is faster than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Santa Cruz

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Design professionals make a median salary of $63,993 per year in Santa Cruz. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $41,053 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately 153% higher salaries.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Santa Cruz

Graphic Design
Visual Communications
Web Design
Industrial Design
Game Design
Fashion Design

Design professional salaries in Santa Cruz are, on average, higher than salaries earned for professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Design schools in Santa Cruz


There is only one accredited design school in the city. Many of Santa Cruz's design professionals are graduates of this school.

Design Programs Offered In Santa Cruz


Santa Cruz's design school offers one design degree and certificate program.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Santa Cruz


In 2010 approximately 25 students graduated from design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in Santa Cruz, California

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