Design Director, Interior Design Salary (United States)

Most Interior Design Directors in the United States—more than three-quarters—have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $54,680 to $133,002 per year, but standard earnings come to around $85,159 annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and 45 percent earn vision coverage. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 72 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Design Director, Interior Design Salary (?
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$53,208 - $123,882
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MEDIAN: $82,784
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Design Director, Interior Design Salary (?
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$11.74 - $49.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,208 - $123,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,703  
Profit Sharing
$201.68 - $3,052  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,658  
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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$54,680 - $133,002  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 275
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $49.28  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,703  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,658  
Profit Sharing
$201.68 - $3,052  
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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$54,680 - $133,002  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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

Interior Design Directors usually report a few specific skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Those educated in Design tend to be well-versed in AutoCAD.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Washington
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National Average
$85,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Interior Design Directors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and Chicago, top-paying cities where Interior Design Directors see paychecks higher than average (+25 percent, +17 percent, +17 percent, and +14 percent).

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Experience Affects Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

National Average
$85,000
Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

Project Management
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Design
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National Average
$85,000
Autodesk Revit Architecture
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 16%
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