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Interior Design Schools

As a professor or instructor of interior design classes at one of the 358 accredited interior design schools in the country, you play a key role in shaping the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in interior design, which encompasses interior design training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Interior design professionals

52,440 52,620 53,290 46,010 40,120
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 40,120 interior design professionals were working in the US. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has shrunk by 23%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Interior design professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by interior design professionals around the nation, was $46,280 per year. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for interior design professionals in the US was 24% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Interior Design

$42,260 $43,970 $44,950 $46,180 $46,280
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Interior design professionals' salaries have grown by 10% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Interior Design Student enrollment growth by degree

2,506 2,693 2,718 2,400 2,152
3,337 3,996 4,410 4,233 4,301
0 0 0 0 0
228 244 251 269 305
915 1,349 1,515 1,363 615
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Interior Design
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Interior Design
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Interior Design
  • Grey: Certificate in Interior Design

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for interior design professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 6,986 students who graduated from interior design degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 7,373 students graduating from interior design schools.

This represents a 6% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from interior design courses is less than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Interior Design Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering interior design programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 319 interior design schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 358 schools.

Interior Design Faculty Salaries

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