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Design Schools
In Tacoma, Washington

The city of Tacoma has only one school where design faculty can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the design academic community in Tacoma, and the future trends. Academia in design includes design training at the design certificate level.


Professional Trends

Tacoma Vs. Washington Design Employment

Tacoma 360
Washington 7,730

Exactly 360 of Washington State's 7,730 design professionals work in Tacoma. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of design professionals in Tacoma has grown by 3%. Overall employment in Tacoma has also increased.

Tacoma Vs. Washington Design employment growth

7,630 8,100 8,790 8,720 7,730
350 320 320 300 360
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Washington
  • Dark Yellow: Tacoma

Design VS. All professions salaries in Tacoma

$38,670 $39,935 $41,285 $42,012 $43,797
$40,140 $41,570 $43,330 $44,480 $45,620
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Design in Tacoma
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Tacoma

Salaries for design professionals in Tacoma have increased. In 2010 design professionals in Tacoma reportedly earned an average salary of $43,797 per year. Design professionals in Tacoma made a yearly average salary of $38,670, four years earlier in 2006. This growth is slower than the salary trend for all careers in Tacoma.

Salary percentiles for Design professionals in Tacoma

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Tacoma design professionals earn a median yearly salary of $41,650. The 10% of design professionals in the lowest pay bracket earn less than $28,687 per year, while those in the highest pay bracket earn approximately $66,080 per year.

Average Salaries for Design professionals and related professions in Tacoma

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

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

Educational Trends

Design schools in Tacoma


Many of Tacoma's design professionals are graduates of the only accredited design school in the city.

Design Programs Offered In Tacoma


Tacoma's design school offers one design degree and certificate program.

Student Completed Design Degrees In Tacoma


In 2010 approximately 5 students completed design courses.

Design Faculty Salaries in Tacoma, Washington

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