Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Interior Decorators. The median take-home amount in this area is around $42K, and on average, over a third of that final number comes from commissions. For the most part, Interior Decorators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and close to one-tenth earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,050 - $60,307
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,884
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$11.03 - $58.72
(Median)
$11
$20
$59
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$24,050 - $60,307  
   
Bonus
$3,600  
Commission
$14,885  
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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$23,497 - $102,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$26.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,600  
   
Commission
$14,885  
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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$23,497 - $102,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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Many Interior Decorators move into an Interior Designer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Interior Designers on average bring in a similar salary to Interior Decorators.

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Pay by Experience Level for Interior Decorator

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. On average, Interior Decorators make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $50K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Interior Decorator Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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