Assistant Interior Designers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $15.07 per hour for pay. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-half, and about a fourth earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$27,536 - $51,024
$28K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,400
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$11.28 - $21.50
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MEDIAN: $15.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,536 - $51,024  
   
Bonus
$360.65 - $4,013  
Commission
$1,300  
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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$24,939 - $50,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.28 - $21.50  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $33.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$360.65 - $4,013  
   
Commission
$1,300  
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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$24,939 - $50,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 239

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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

  • Assist designer with design concepts, showroom displays and in-home design projects.
  • Team with designer and management to drive sales.
  • Respond to clients questions and concerns in a timely, informative manner.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Interior Designer


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Though it's uncommon, some Assistant Interior Designers move into roles as Senior Interior Designers, where pay is an average $61K per year. Typical career progression for an Assistant Interior Designer involves becoming an Interior Designer or an Interior Design Project Manager, roles that pay $6K more and $16K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Interior Designer


Assistant Interior Designers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know Autodesk Revit Architecture and Design. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Design and Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Interior Designer

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


Assistant Interior Designers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. On average, Assistant Interior Designers make $41K following one to two decades on the job. As Assistant Interior Designers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,849

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Assistant Interior Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Assistant Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+29 percent), Minneapolis (+29 percent), New York (+28 percent), and Los Angeles (+19 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Assistant Interior Designers is geography, with workers in Tampa earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Las Vegas (19 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

Assistant Interior Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Interior Designer?

Assistant Interior Designer in La Jolla:
"Intro Designer."
Pros: I love my job because it is a small studio firm by the beach. The style of the principal designers and senior designers is sleek, sophisticated, and contemporary. The people are all very sweet and easy to work with. Starting as an intern really helped me ease myself into the workload I have now taken on as an Administrative Assistant who is moving into the Coordinating job that a recent employee left.
Cons: I'm not exactly an Interior Designer. For good reason. The two senior designers we have in the office use AutoCad like wiz's. I don't foresee myself being at their level for years. I will need to take on side projects and much, much, smaller scale project - and continue my skill development on my own - until I will be at their level. Other than not being a designer, I really do get to be involved in the choosing of palettes and items as well as the process of evolvement.

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Key Stats for Assistant Interior Designer

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
070
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Assistant Interior Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Interior Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%


Design
0%

3D Rendering
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$35,000


up arrow 5%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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