Assistant Interior Designer Salary

Assistant Interior Designers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.60 per hour for pay. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Assistant Interior Designers is high. While more than half report receiving no health benefits, a little more than half do receive medical coverage, and roughly one in four have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,821 - $46,077
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,178
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$10.04 - $20.33
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,821 - $46,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,166  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $6,104  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,980  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,805 - $45,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $20.33  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $27.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,166  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,980  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $6,104  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,805 - $45,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 327

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Job Description for Assistant Interior Designer

Assistant interior designers use their design skills to help create an attractive indoor environment for clients. Typically working in tandem with one or more interior designers - or as part of an interior design team - the interior design assistant helps to bring a design to life by working on logistical issues such as taking measurements, arranging for the acquisition of necessary tools, researching product options and ordering necessary materials, and serving as a liaison between the designer and vendors. Interior design assistants may also be called upon to participate in the design process or complete other tasks as needed by their supervisor or team. Individuals in this position typically work in an office setting, although trips to clients' sites and suppliers are generally required.

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Assistant Interior Designer Tasks

  • Maintain excel spreadsheets and other documentation regarding budget, client purchases and marketing efforts.
  • Assist in the success of marketing efforts, store promotions and other programs.
  • Respond to clients questions and concerns in a timely, informative manner.
  • Assist designer with design concepts, showroom displays and in-home design projects.
  • Team with designer and management to drive sales.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Interior Designer


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Assistant Interior Designers do not often transition into Senior Interior Designer roles. The role averages $59K per year. Assistant Interior Designers typically move into roles as Interior Designers or Interior Design Project Managers, and those positions pay $8K more and $18K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Interior Designer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Adobe Photoshop, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of Autodesk Revit Architecture and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Interior Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. Assistant Interior Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $35K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Interior Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Assistant Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tampa, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in San Diego and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant Interior Designer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Interior Designer Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$32,000

Design
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 55%