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Design Schools
In Seattle, Washington

Design faculty can choose to work at one of 8 design schools in Seattle. The trends in Seattle'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

Seattle Vs. Washington Design Employment

Seattle 5,110
Washington 7,730

Of the 7,730 design professionals employed in Washington State, 5,110 work in Seattle. Between 2006 and 2010, in Seattle, there has been a 12% growth in the number of design professionals. Overall employment in Seattle has also increased.

Seattle Vs. Washington Design employment growth

7,630 8,100 8,790 8,720 7,730
4,550 5,210 5,960 5,960 5,110
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Washington
  • Dark Yellow: Seattle

Design VS. All professions salaries in Seattle

$51,203 $56,458 $61,260 $61,989 $58,335
$47,730 $49,890 $51,680 $53,240 $54,610
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Seattle
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Seattle

In Seattle, salaries for design professionals have increased. In 2010 Seattle design professionals earned an average yearly salary of $58,335. Design professionals in Seattle made a yearly average salary of $51,203, four years earlier in 2006. This growth is slower than the salary trend for all careers in Seattle.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Seattle

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

Design professionals in Seattle earn a median salary of $54,358 per year. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $32,486 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately 180% higher salaries.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Seattle

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

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in Seattle


There are 8 accredited design schools in the city. Many of Seattle's design professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Design Programs Offered In Seattle


There are a total of 28 degree and certificate programs in design offered by Seattle's design schools.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Seattle


Approximately 394 students graduated from design courses in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries in Seattle, Washington

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