Interior Decorator Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Interior Decorators in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $25.19 per hour. Compensation ranges between $11.91 per hour and $74.79. For the most part, Interior Decorators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in four enjoy medical while just under a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one in six. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,539 - $60,820
(Median)
$21K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $38,634
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90%

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$11.91 - $74.79
(Median)
$12
$25
$75
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$20,539 - $60,820  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
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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$24,485 - $122,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $74.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
   
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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$24,485 - $122,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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Job Description for Interior Decorator

An interior decorator designs interior spaces for clients, changing the visual appearance of locations that might include homes, offices, stores, theaters, and other interior areas. For example, they may design a museum to ensure exhibits are effective and aesthetically pleasing; they might also design an office space so that work can be performed more efficiently, placing furniture and equipment in the most appropriate places. They might also design the kitchen or bar area of a restaurant, placing equipment in a way that eliminates extra movement and improves efficiency, or complete a makeover of a private home.

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Interior Decorator Tasks

  • Advise clients on space management, layout, and color coordination.
  • Communicate with clients to determine their preferences and style.
  • Plan, design, and furnish interiors of buildings.
  • Select and purchase furnishings.

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Pay by Experience Level for Interior Decorator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Interior Decorators bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $50K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Interior Decorator Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Late-Career
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National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 74%
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