Pennsylvania Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Pennsylvania

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A graphic designer, also called a graphic artist, communicates ideas visually by creating effective and appealing web pages, illustrations, marketing campaigns and other print and media art. Graphic designers can have a typical 9 to 5 job or can work on a contract, or job, basis as consultants or freelance designers. They can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in Pennsylvania

A bachelor's degree in graphic design is typically required for most graphic design positions and is offered at many colleges and universities as well as private design schools. Associate degrees and certificates are also offered at 2-year and 3-year professional schools, but usually result in assistant positions or roles that require technical skills only. Graphic design coursework often includes, but is not limited to, studio art, website design, printing techniques, computerized design and commercial graphics production. In addition to these art and design courses, it may be helpful to take classes in psychology, foreign languages, cultural studies, marketing and business. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Pennsylvania graphic design schools is a great way to start your career as a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Pennsylvania

As the demand for graphic designers continues to increase, employment should grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition, those with animation and website design experience will be in high demand. To join the more than 8,100 graphic designers in Pennsylvania, begin earning your degree from one of the following Pennsylvania graphic design schools. BLS data shows that as of May 2009, Pennsylvania graphic designers earned a median salary of $39,440 a year. The 10th percentile earned a median salary of $25,250 a year while the 90th percentile earned $65,190 a year. The Harrisburg-Carlisle area, Lancaster and Erie have the most graphic designers while those in Lancaster, Lebanon and the Harrisburg-Carlisle area earned the highest annual median salary.

If you're interested in this creative and rewarding job, get more information from one of the following graphic design schools in Pennsylvania.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Pennsylvania

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: State College, Lebanon and Lancaster
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Johnstown, Williamsport and York
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Pennsylvania

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Philadelphia, Lancaster and Reading

Schools for Graphic Designers in Pennsylvania are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Pennsylvania

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More Pennsylvania Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Bucks County Community College Newtown Associate 9,649
Butler County Community College Butler Associate 3,656
Cabrini College Radnor Masters 3,108
California University of Pennsylvania California Masters 8,206
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Doctorate 10,326
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh Associate 18,525
Delaware County Community College Media Associate 10,816
Douglas Education Center Monessen Associate 280
Drexel University Philadelphia Doctorate 20,682
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg Masters 7,053
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Harrisburg Associate 9,774
La Roche College Pittsburgh Masters 1,499
La Salle University Philadelphia Doctorate 5,994
Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville Associate 7,184
Lehigh University Bethlehem Doctorate 6,845
Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke Associate 6,323
Marywood University Scranton Doctorate 3,316
Moore College of Art and Design Philadelphia Bachelor 558
Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem Associate 7,912
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park Doctorate 43,252
Philadelphia University Philadelphia Doctorate 3,349
Point Park University Pittsburgh Masters 3,591
Robert Morris University Moon Township Doctorate 5,055
Saint Vincent College Latrobe Masters 1,924
South Hills School of Business & Technology State College Associate 661
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove Bachelor 2,039
Temple University Philadelphia Doctorate & First Professional 34,696
The University of the Arts Philadelphia Masters 2,396
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Doctorate & First Professional 23,980
Westminster College New Wilmington New Wilmington Masters 1,455
Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood Associate 6,239

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Pennsylvania. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Graphic Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Graphic Designers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Altoona 50 $33410 0.58
Gettysburg 40 $39730 0.92
Harrisburg 470 $41180 1
Carlisle 470 $41180 1
Bloomsburg 30 $36420 0.48
Berwick 30 $36420 0.48
Johnstown 50 $28800 0.62
Chambersburg 40 $32430 0.46
Waynesboro 40 $32430 0.46
East Stroudsburg 30 $41570 0.43
Erie 120 $42680 0.65
Pittsburgh 1650 $39820 0.98
Reading 260 $39100 1.03
Lancaster 450 $47570 1.32
Lebanon 40 $38190 0.59
Scranton 310 $36420 0.82
Wilkes 310 $36420 0.82
Barre 310 $36420 0.82
Hazleton 310 $36420 0.82
State College 150 $31000 1.54
Williamsport 70 $32050 0.86
York 270 $35460 1.02
Hanover 270 $35460 1.02
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