Assistant Interior Designer Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Assistant Interior Designers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.06 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-fifth. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Different employers will require different levels of education and experience with interior design. A bachelor's degree in design or an equivalent field may be required for this position. Previous experience in a similar position may be preferred. Interior design assistants need to understand the fundamental practical and aesthetic aspects of design. A successful applicant to the position should have a strong design background (perhaps with a focus on specific areas), attention to detail in both design and clerical tasks, and the communications skills necessary to establish the working relationships with fellow designers and clients.
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
Though some Assistant Interior Designers move into positions like Senior Interior Designer (where the average salary is $61K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for an Assistant Interior Designer is to become an Interior Designer or an Interior Design Project Manager. Compared to Assistant Interior Designers, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.
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Popular Skills for Assistant Interior Designer
Survey takers working as Assistant Interior Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Design and Autodesk Revit Architecture. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 $39K. Assistant Interior Designers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $42K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Assistant Interior Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Seattle (+30 percent), Minneapolis (+26 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 27 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).
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