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Design Director, Interior Design Salary (United States)

With nine in ten of Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Design Directors of Interior Design is $83K per year and can range from $55K on the lower end to $133K per year near the higher end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Female Design Directors of Interior Design make up most of the field at 72 percent. Most Design Directors of Interior Design report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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MEDIAN: $32.00
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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  
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 (?
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
$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  
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

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 Project Management, Design, 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. It is often found that people who know Design are also skilled 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.
Surpassing the national average by 42 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 (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and Chicago (+14 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

National Average
$85,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

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
up arrow 5%
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%