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Design Director, Interior Design Salary

With nine-tenths of Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $54K to $135K per year and averages out to $85K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Design Directors of Interior Design enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. Female Design Directors of Interior Design make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,516 - $127,768
(Median)
$53K
$85K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,143
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$11.84 - $65.89
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$12
$30
$66
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,516 - $127,768  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,703  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,500  
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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$54,177 - $134,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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 - $18,703  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,658  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $6,500  
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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$54,177 - $134,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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


Design Directors of Interior Design who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Design, Project Management, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Architecture. The majority of those who know Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Design Directors of Interior Design, 37 percent higher than the national average. Design Directors of Interior Design will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Washington (+31 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Columbus (+4 percent).

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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
$87,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

National Average
$87,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 9%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%