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Visual Communications Schools
In Chicago, Illinois

In Chicago, there are 14 visual communications schools where visual communications faculty can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the visual communications academic community in Chicago, and the future trends. Academia in visual communications includes visual communications training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

Chicago Vs. Illinois Visual Communications Employment

Chicago 9,720
Illinois 12,260

Of the 12,260 visual communications professionals employed in Illinois, 9,720 work in Chicago. Between 2006 and 2010, in Chicago, there has been a 15% growth in the number of visual communications professionals. As the number of visual communications professionals in Chicago has increased, overall employment in Chicago has also increased.

Chicago Vs. Illinois Visual Communications employment growth

11,680 12,230 12,150 11,860 12,260
8,460 8,740 9,230 9,430 9,720
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Grey: Illinois
  • Dark Yellow: Chicago

Visual Communications VS. All professions salaries in Chicago

$56,850 $47,123 $48,865 $50,738 $52,693
$43,430 $45,710 $47,740 $48,910 $49,140
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Visual Communications in Chicago
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions in Chicago

In Chicago, salaries for visual communications professionals have decreased. In 2010 an average salary of $52,693 per year was earned by visual communications professionals in Chicago. Four years earlier in 2006, the average salary for visual communications professionals in Chicago was $56,850 per year. The decline in the salary of visual communications professionals in Chicago is slower than the salary trend for all careers in the city.

Salary percentiles for Visual communications professionals in Chicago

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

Visual communications professionals in Chicago make a median yearly salary of $49,730. The difference in pay between the visual communications professionals in the lowest pay bracket and those in the highest pay bracket is approximately 255%. Those in the lowest 10% of the pay bracket earn less than $23,700 per year, while those in the highest 10% of the pay bracket earn more than $84,220 per year.

Average Salaries for Visual communications professionals and related professions in Chicago

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

On average visual communications professionals in Chicago earn salaries that are lower than the salaries earned by other professionals in Chicago.

Educational Trends

Visual Communications schools in Chicago


There are 14 accredited visual communications schools in the city. Many of Chicago's visual communications professionals are graduates of one of these schools.

Visual Communications Programs Offered In Chicago


There are a total of 21 degree and certificate programs in visual communications offered by Chicago's visual communications schools.

Student Completed Visual Communications Degrees In Chicago


In 2010 approximately 307 students completed visual communications courses.

Visual Communications Faculty Salaries in Chicago, Illinois

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