Design Director, Interior Design Salary

Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly nine in ten of Design Directors of Interior Design. Salaries average out to around $87K annually and spread from $54K to $138K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Design Directors of Interior Design making up 72 percent. Most Design Directors of Interior Design like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,731 - $129,699
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$53K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,701
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$11.84 - $65.89
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$12
$30
$66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,731 - $129,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,933  
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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$53,953 - $137,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $19,933  
   
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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$53,953 - $137,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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, 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. For most people, competency in Design indicates knowledge of AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Design Directors of Interior Design in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Design Directors of Interior Design can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Washington (+29 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 25 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 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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 16%
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