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How will your industrial design education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your industrial design education with industrial design education around the nation. There are 64 traditional industrial design schools in the US.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with industrial design programs were:

  1. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  2. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State
  3. Ohio State University-Main Campus - located in Columbus, Ohio

Student Demographics

In 2010, 1,632 students earned degrees in industrial design in the US. Of these students, 12 graduated from certificate programs in industrial design, 1,454 graduated from undergraduate programs in industrial design, and 166 graduated from graduate-level programs in industrial design.


Students can pursue education in industrial design at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Industrial Design
  • Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design
  • Master's Degree in Industrial Design
  • Certificate in Industrial Design

The skills and/or knowledge that industrial design students can expect to gain during the course of their industrial design education are:

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Observation
  • Drawing
  • Communication
  • Design Methods and Research


Students at industrial design schools around the nation paid an average of $17,629 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following industrial design schools:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920
  2. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California, students paid $38,676
  3. Rhode Island School of Design - located in Providence, Rhode Island, students paid $36,659

The industrial design schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Fashion Institute of Technology - located in New York, New York, students paid $4,164
  2. Brigham Young University - located in Provo, Utah, students paid $4,290
  3. University of Louisiana at Lafayette - located in Lafayette, Louisiana, students paid $4,016

How will your industrial design job compare?

Industrial designer is the profession of choice for a large number of industrial design graduates. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 28,670 industrial designers working in the US. The states with the largest populations of industrial designers are:

  1. Michigan - 4,000 Industrial Designers
  2. California - 2,770 Industrial Designers
  3. New York - 2,080 Industrial Designers

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for industrial designers to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 17%
  2. Idaho - 15%
  3. Nevada - 15%


On average, an industrial designer earns a salary of $60,255 per year in the US. However, factors such as location, professional associations and certifications, or experience can cause the salary for an industrial designer to vary greatly. Salaries for industrial designers range from less than $17,220 per year to more than $165,960 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for an industrial designer:

  1. Kansas - $84,990 per year
  2. Oregon - $78,300 per year
  3. Mississippi - $76,280 per year

On average, an industrial designer earns the least in the following states:

  1. Montana - $31,110 per year
  2. Idaho - $37,110 per year
  3. South Dakota - $37,140 per year

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industrial design?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Commercial and Industrial Designers 28,670 $61,890 -9.4%