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Design Director, Interior Design Salary (United States)

Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly nine-tenths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $84K per year on average but can range from $54K to $133K per year. Geography 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. Most Design Directors of Interior Design survey respondents are women (75 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Design Director, Interior Design Salary (?
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$51,751 - $126,360
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MEDIAN: $83,759
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Design Director, Interior Design Salary (?
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$11.74 - $49.28
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,751 - $126,360  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,121  
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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$53,641 - $132,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $49.28  
   
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 - $18,121  
   
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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$53,641 - $132,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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

Design Directors of Interior Design report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Design, Project Management, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Architecture. It is often found that people who know Design are also skilled in AutoCAD.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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San Francisco
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Washington
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$86,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Design Directors of Interior Design, 36 percent higher than the national average. Design Directors of Interior Design will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Washington (+33 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent).

Design Director, Interior Design Reviews

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

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$86,000
Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

Design
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Project Management
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National Average
$86,000
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 63 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%