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Assistant Interior Designer Salary

Women account for the majority of Assistant Interior Designers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.52 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Assistant Interior Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While the larger part report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and roughly one in four have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$25,436 - $45,720
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MEDIAN: $34,522
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$10.03 - $20.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,436 - $45,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,985  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $6,050  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,960  
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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$22,643 - $44,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $20.09  
   
Overtime
$9.07 - $28.06  
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 - $2,985  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$514 - $6,050  
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).
)
$22,643 - $44,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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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It's not very common for Assistant Interior Designers to move on to become Senior Interior Designers. Average pay for a Senior Interior Designer is $59K annually. When Assistant Interior Designers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Interior Designers or Interior Design Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $19K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Interior Designer


Assistant Interior Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Adobe Photoshop, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Adobe Photoshop are also skilled in 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 see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Assistant Interior Designers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $34K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Assistant Interior Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Assistant Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Diego. Employers in Atlanta and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant Interior Designer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Interior Designer Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 11%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 9%

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 148 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: 20% employee benefits None: 56%