Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than four-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $57K to $158K per year, median earnings come to $92K per year. Cash earnings for Design Directors of Interior Design — including $34K in bonuses and $49K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $57K to $158K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Design Directors of Interior Design like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more female Design Directors of Interior Design who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 80 percent. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,433 - $148,216
$55K
$92K
$150K
MEDIAN: $91,582
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90%

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$22.25 - $70.00
$60
MEDIAN: $60.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,433 - $148,216  
   
Bonus
$2,923 - $34,110  
Profit Sharing
$4,834 - $49,493  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$56,684 - $158,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$60.00  
   
Overtime
$49.13  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,923 - $34,110  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,834 - $49,493  
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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$56,684 - $158,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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

  • Create and train the organization on interior design standards and policies.
  • Manage and oversee upgrades and changes in design strategy.
  • Work with senior management and marketing to fit interior design strategy to organizational vision.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Design Director, Interior Design


Survey results suggest that Design Directors of Interior Design put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Client Interaction, People Management, Design, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include autodesk autocad, AutoCAD, and Team Leadership. Most people familiar with Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $95,774

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

Home to some of the best pay for Design Directors of Interior Design, New York offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Design Directors of Interior Design will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+36 percent), Dallas (+31 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Chicago (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Design Director, Interior Design

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
047
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Design Director, Interior Design Salaries



National Average
$96,000


Skills That Affect Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

Client Interaction
up arrow 7%

People Management
up arrow 5%

National Average
$96,000

up arrow 6%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%


Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 17%

Team Leadership
up arrow 17%

up arrow 18%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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