Design Director, Interior Design Salary

Approximately nine-tenths of Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $56K to $145K per year, and the average comes out to $88K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Design Directors of Interior Design claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Design Directors of Interior Design survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$54,642 - $138,393
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$55K
$88K
$140K
MEDIAN: $88,490
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$14.79 - $65.89
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$66
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,642 - $138,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,112  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$55,703 - $145,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $65.89  
   
Overtime
$38.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,112  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$55,703 - $145,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Design Director, Interior Design

Design directors for interior design are responsible for directing design duties in interior spaces for their organization. They are in charge of making important decisions regarding project design based on interior design knowledge and requirements. It is essential that they follow strict safety procedures when modifying existing interior construction. In addition, they must have an advanced understanding and knowledge of construction techniques as it relates to interior design.

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Design Director, Interior Design Tasks

  • Inspect properties, work with clients, advise on installation matters, and ensure compliance.
  • Create design specifications and work with other departments for pricing, safety, and delivery assurance.
  • Work with senior management and marketing to fit interior design strategy to organizational vision.
  • Create and train the organization on interior design standards and policies.
  • Manage and oversee upgrades and changes in design strategy.

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Popular Skills for Design Director, Interior Design


Professional skills reported by Design Directors of Interior Design are few in number. Most notably, skills in Design, Project Management, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Project Management. The majority of those who know Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,951

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Design Directors of Interior Design in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Design Directors of Interior Design can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+31 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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What is it like working as a Design Director, Interior Design?

Design Director, Interior Design in West Orange:
"Every project is a new experience and challenge."
Pros: Problem Solving; engagement with collaborative team; mentoring staff.
Cons: Stressful; disengaged and unrealistic clients; potential clients thinking that design will be finalized and then they decide if they want to hire you instead of following a process. Dealing with less than reputable trades who think this is their own priovate moneymakeer instead of followng specs.

Design Director, Interior Design in Aliso Viejo:
"Work Hard, Play Hard."
Pros: My job is high intense, busy and rewarding. I have the opportunity to be creative and bring my ideas to life. It's constantly changing and growing. My boss allows me to be as innovative as I want (as long as it meets the budget). I couldn't have asked for a better job.
Cons: It can get extremely frustrating working with the guys in the field. They need to be "handheld" through decisions. It keeps us from being productive and moving forward. The hours can be extreme from time to time but when you love what you do, the days fly by. At times, it's very intense and the deadlines are unrealistic.

Design Director, Interior Design in Greenville:
"Work flexibility, office conditions, stress level,"
Pros: The happiness of the clients and the positive energy of the work environment are extremely satisfying.
Cons: The constancy of pressure to not fail in pleasing the client. Also, if clients do not pay their bills, be it late or not at all, I detest having to contact them to make them pay risking losing them as a client all together.

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Experience Affects Design Director, Interior Design Salaries



National Average
$91,000


Skills That Affect Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

National Average
$91,000

Design
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Project Management
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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