Sunday, July 13, 2008

Making a Living in Design

The general public often thinks the main difference between art and design is that design is about making money and art isn't. While it is true that if one seeks to make a living your chances are better going into design than fine art, people often chose to become designers so they can make a tangible difference in the world. Seeking to make the world a better place to live is more of a motivation than salary for designers.

Be that as it may, a company named Coroflot does an annual survey (for the last 7 years) comparing salaries in a variety of design fields. The results for this year show that interactive/web design is the fastest growing and one of the highest paid fields (almost $70,000) while graphic design and interior design are the least lucrative (less than $50,000). The highest paid is actually design management where people can make upwards of $80,000 a year. Architects (rising) and fashion designers (declining) make about $50,000 a year but data has only been collected on those fields for two years by Coroflot.

Click on the heading above to see a more complete report with additional graphs from the survey.
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