Design Director, Interior Design Salary

With approximately nine in ten of Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Design Directors of Interior Design is $86K per year and can range from $54K on the lower end to $138K per year near the higher end. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Design Directors of Interior Design survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,626 - $129,863
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$53K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,487
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$11.84 - $65.89
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$30
$66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,626 - $129,863  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,956  
Profit Sharing
$201.68 - $10,174  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,722  
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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$53,878 - $137,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $65.89  
   
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,956  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,722  
Profit Sharing
$201.68 - $10,174  
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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$53,878 - $137,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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


Survey takers who work as Design Directors of Interior Design report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Design, Project Management, AutoCAD, and Autodesk Revit Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Revit Architecture and AutoCAD. Most people who know Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Design Directors of Interior Design, 35 percent above the national average. Design Directors of Interior Design will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Washington (+30 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Columbus (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Design Directors of Interior Design have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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

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
$88,000


Skills That Affect Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

National Average
$88,000

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 52 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 16%
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