Assistant Interior Designer Salary

Most Assistant Interior Designers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.94 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than half — do not have any health coverage, just over two-fifths do receive medical benefits and nearly one in four have dental insurance. The majority of Assistant Interior Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$27,273 - $48,405
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$27K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,645
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$10.24 - $20.60
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,273 - $48,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,075  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,250  
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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$24,252 - $47,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $20.60  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $28.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,075  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$24,252 - $47,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 351
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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 who advance into the role of a Senior Interior Designer are fairly uncommon. Senior Interior Designers on average earn $60K per year. Typical career progression for an Assistant Interior Designer involves becoming an Interior Designer or an Interior Design Project Manager, roles that pay $7K more and $18K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Interior Designer


Survey results imply that Assistant Interior Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, and Project Management. A tool kit that includes AutoCAD also typically contains Design and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Most people experienced in 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. On average, Assistant Interior Designers make $37K following 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

National Average: $33,216

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Assistant Interior Designers in Tampa make 24 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Las Vegas (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Assistant Interior Designer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Assistant Interior Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%


Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Interior Designer Salaries

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 13%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$33,000

Design
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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