Over four-fifths of Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $56K to $154K per year, but median earnings come to around $92K annually. In the world of Design Directors of Interior Design, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $34K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $31K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $56K and $154K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Design Directors of Interior Design making up 78 percent. Most Design Directors of Interior Design like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,198 - $146,218
(Median)
$55K
$92K
$150K
MEDIAN: $91,675
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,198 - $146,218  
   
Bonus
$3,394 - $34,360  
Profit Sharing
$4,818 - $30,913  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$55,922 - $154,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$62.40  
   
Overtime
$50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$3,394 - $34,360  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,818 - $30,913  
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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$55,922 - $154,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Client Interaction, People Management, Design, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include autodesk autocad, AutoCAD, and Team Leadership. The majority of those who know Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $95,311

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Design Directors of Interior Design, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Design Directors of Interior Design can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+27 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Washington (+20 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Design Director of Interior Design's salary, with Atlanta Design Directors of Interior Design earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average.

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

Design Director, Interior Design in West Orange:
"Every project is a new experience and challenge."
Pros: Problem Solving; engagement with collaborative team; mentoring staff.
Cons: Stressful; disengaged and unrealistic clients; potential clients thinking that design will be finalized and then they decide if they want to hire you instead of following a process. Dealing with less than reputable trades who think this is their own priovate moneymakeer instead of followng specs.

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
$95,000


Skills That Affect Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

Client Interaction
up arrow 17%

People Management
up arrow 16%

National Average
$95,000

up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%


Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 16%

up arrow 17%


Team Leadership
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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