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States with interior design schools

How will your interior design education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the interior design education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 360 brick and mortar interior design schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have interior design programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas
  2. University of Wisconsin-Madison - located in Madison, Wisconsin
  3. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - located in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Student Demographics

In the US, 7,382 students graduated from interior design programs in 2010. Of these students, 615 graduated from certificate programs in interior design, 6,462 graduated from undergraduate programs in interior design, and 305 graduated from graduate-level programs in interior design.


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

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

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

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Color Theory
  • Observation
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Communication


In 2010, interior design schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $17,725 per year. The following interior design schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. The New School - located in New York, New York, students paid $36,000
  3. Maryland Institute College of Art - located in Baltimore, Maryland, students paid $34,090

The interior design schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  2. University of North Carolina at Greensboro - located in Greensboro, North Carolina, students paid $4,234
  3. Florida International University - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $4,580

How will your interior design job compare?

Interior designer is the profession of choice for a large number of interior design graduates. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 40,120 interior designers working in the US in 2010. The following states have the largest number of interior designers:

  1. California - 5,360 Interior Designers
  2. Texas - 3,450 Interior Designers
  3. New York - 3,390 Interior Designers

Projected Growth

The number of interior designers is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 22%
  2. Nebraska - 18%
  3. Kansas - 18%


Interior designers in the US can make an average of $50,052 per year. However, the salary for an interior designer can greatly vary based on factors such as professional associations and certifications, location or education. An interior designer in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,930 per year to more than $161,440 per year. The states with the highest average salary for an interior designer are:

  1. Washington DC - $73,130 per year
  2. Utah - $65,420 per year
  3. New York - $64,400 per year

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

  1. West Virginia - $29,150 per year
  2. Mississippi - $31,900 per year
  3. North Dakota - $33,140 per year

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interior design?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Interior Designers 40,120 $52,100 -19.8%