California Interior Design Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Interior Designers in California

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Fast Facts for Interior Designers in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Santa Ana, San Francisco and San Diego
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Santa Barbara, Oakland and Oxnard
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Santa Ana, San Francisco and San Diego

Salaries for Interior Designers in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: San Jose, Santa Barbara and San Francisco

Schools for Interior Designers in California are listed below.

Selected Interior Design Schools in California

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More California Interior Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Academy of Art University San Francisco Masters 11,334
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria Associate 13,176
American River College Sacramento Associate 33,821
Antelope Valley College Lancaster Associate 13,312
Art Center College of Design Pasadena Masters 1,832
Bethesda Christian University Anaheim Masters & First Professional 345
Butte College Oroville Associate 12,228
California College of the Arts Oakland Masters 1,613
California Institute of the Arts Valencia Masters 1,324
California State University-Chico Chico Masters 17,034
California State University-Sacramento Sacramento Doctorate 28,829
Canada College Redwood City Associate 5,764
Chabot College Hayward Associate 13,229
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga Associate 18,736
City College of San Francisco San Francisco Associate 46,411
College of Marin Kentfield Associate 6,476
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita Associate 17,499
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Associate 10,920
Design Institute of San Diego San Diego Bachelor 457
Folsom Lake College Folsom Associate 8,193
Fullerton College Fullerton Associate 20,719
Interior Designers Institute Newport Beach Bachelor 468
Las Positas College Livermore Associate 8,024
Long Beach City College Long Beach Associate 25,536
Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar Associate 8,493
Mendocino College Ukiah Associate 4,347
Modesto Junior College Modesto Associate 18,546
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey Associate 9,238
Moorpark College Moorpark Associate 14,495
Mount Jacinto College San Jacinto Associate 14,197
Mt San Antonio College Walnut Associate 29,842
Ohlone College Fremont Associate 11,083
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa Associate 24,424
Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles Masters 1,177
Palomar College San Marcos Associate 27,222
Porterville College Porterville Associate 3,773
Sacramento City College Sacramento Associate 24,596
Saddleback College Mission Viejo Associate 18,371
San Diego Mesa College San Diego Associate 21,437
San Diego Miramar College San Diego Associate 10,650
San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco Masters 655
San Francisco State University San Francisco Doctorate 30,125
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton Associate 18,668
San Jose State University San Jose Masters 31,906
Santa Ana College Santa Ana Associate 33,514
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara Associate 21,632
Santa Monica College Santa Monica Associate 28,958
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa Associate 25,626
Solano Community College Fairfield Associate 11,163
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles Los Angeles Bachelor 4,644
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco San Francisco Associate 1,031
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley Doctorate & First Professional 34,940
University of California-Davis Davis Doctorate & First Professional 29,796
Ventura College Ventura Associate 12,603
West Valley College Saratoga Associate 11,210

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Interior Designers

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

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Interior Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Interior 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


Fresno 80 $38090 0.61
Oxnard 70 $80430 0.62
Thousand Oaks 70 $80430 0.62
Ventura 70 $80430 0.62
Riverside 400 $46480 0.82
San Bernardino 400 $46480 0.82
Ontario 400 $46480 0.82
Sacramento 260 $52520 0.8
Roseville 260 $52520 0.8
Arden 260 $52520 0.8
Arcade 260 $52520 0.8
Salinas 30 $54450 0.53
San Diego 880 $44760 1.76
Carlsbad 880 $44760 1.76
Los Angeles 3190 $56440 1.53
Long Beach 3190 $56440 1.53
Anaheim 3190 $56440 1.53
Modesto 60 $52990 1.01
Santa Maria 0 $59140 0
Santa Barbara 0 $59140 0
Santa Rosa 60 $64790 0.8
San Francisco 1210 $61450 1.5
Oakland 1210 $61450 1.5
Hayward 1210 $61450 1.5
San Jose 250 $63460 0.67
Sunnyvale 250 $63460 0.67
Santa Clara 250 $63460 0.67
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