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.

$27,753 - $50,598
(Median)
$28K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,559
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$11.45 - $21.42
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$11
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$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,753 - $50,598  
   
Bonus
$360.65 - $4,363  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$24,987 - $50,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $21.42  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $33.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$360.65 - $4,363  
   
Commission
$2,500  
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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$24,987 - $50,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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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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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

National Average: $34,624

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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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 21%



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Interior Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 13%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
0%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

National Average
$35,000

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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