Assistant Interior Designer Salary

The larger portion of Assistant Interior Designers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $14.70 per hour. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Assistant Interior Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A majority of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and nearly one-fourth claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,112 - $46,147
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$26K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $35,139
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$10.10 - $20.41
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,112 - $46,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,106  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $5,950  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$23,178 - $45,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $20.41  
   
Overtime
$5.75 - $28.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,106  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $5,950  
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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$23,178 - $45,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 341
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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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While not commonly seen, Assistant Interior Designers who transition into a Senior Interior Designer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Interior Designers is $60K per year. Assistant Interior Designers most often move into positions as Interior Designers or Interior Design Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Interior Designer


Assistant Interior Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $38K. Assistant Interior Designers see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $39K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Interior Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Assistant Interior Designers in Tampa earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (15 percent lower) and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Assistant Interior Designer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Interior Designer Salaries

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Design
0%

National Average
$32,000

3D Rendering
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 56%
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