Alumni Success: Salary, Placement & Happiness

We track success of our alumni based on autonomy: we hope our graduates are doing what they want to do, and have gained the skills, attitude, and network to attain their dreams. More specifically, we track employment, salary, and happiness for our alumni.

Last updated August, 2014


AC4D has graduated 34 total alumni, and we have a 100% response rate for our annual alumni success survey. Note that some alumni elected not to reveal their salary information, so the numbers below do not total to 34.

  • 85% of our alumni are professionally employed in design related careers (29 alumni)
  • 19 of our alumni are working in salaried positions; of these salaried alumni:
    • The mean salary is $81,447
    • The median salary is $80,000
    • The standard deviation is $18,874

  • 8 of our alumni are working in an hourly capacity (freelance or contract); of these hourly alumni:
    • The mean hourly rate is $60/hour
    • The median hourly rate is $60/hour
    • The standard deviation is $21/hour


  • 82% of our alumni are "happy in their current role" (28 alumni)
  • Alumni responded to the question "How much did your experience at AC4D contribute to your professional success or happiness, on a scale of 1-7, where 7 is the highest" as follows:
    • The mean response is 5.94 out of 7
    • The median response is 6.0 out of 7
    • The standard deviation is 1.48
  • The qualitative feedback from our alumni indicate that they are challenged, fulfilled, and empowered; students said:
    • "I'm building companies every day. It rules."
    • "I'm doing design for social impact at a family-sized consultancy, using the full design thinking process from research to implementation, and learning from a good team. Continuing to push our ways of thinking around how social impact work happens within a traditional consultancy model."
    • "I'm incredibly satisfied with the road I'm on. I've entered a challenging and rewarding field, and I didn't anticipate that it would be easy - but I use my intellectual capacities everyday. I think folks need to appreciate how much value they get out of the 1 year program."


Our alumni have the following titles:

  • Associate Designer
  • Co-designer
  • Co-Founder
  • Consultant
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Research
  • Design Researcher/Strategist
  • Designer
  • Experience Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Interaction Designer II
  • Lead Researcher
  • Product Designer
  • Product Manager
  • Product Owner & Designer
  • Senior Engineering Manager
  • Senior Interaction Designer
  • Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • UI & Graphic Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • UX Designer
  • UX Director