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Interior Designer Salary

Women comprise the majority of Interior Designers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $42K annually on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of Interior Designers generally range from $30K to $63K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by career length and location. For the most part, Interior Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and close to one-half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,045 - $60,917
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MEDIAN: $41,779
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,045 - $60,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,048  
Profit Sharing
$298.39 - $5,098  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,489  
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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$29,738 - $63,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,661
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$12.08 - $31.30  
   
Overtime
$15.13 - $36.93  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,048  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,489  
Profit Sharing
$298.39 - $5,098  
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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$29,738 - $63,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,298
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Job Description for Interior Designer

An interior designer works with clients and contractors from a variety of fields to transform the interior space of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Whether decorating or completely remodeling, an interior designer takes the lead of a team that may include carpenters, architects, engineers and plumbers. An interior designer shoulders the ultimate responsibility of creating an interior environment that the client finds beautiful, functional and safe.

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Interior Designer Tasks

  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers and plumbers.
  • Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings.
  • Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.

Common Career Paths for Interior Designer


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Interior Designers who go on to become Design Directors of Interior Design may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Design Directors of Interior Design is $71K annually. A common career progression for an Interior Designer is to become a Senior Interior Designer or a Interior Design Project Manager. Compared to Interior Designers, the first group earns $17K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Interior Designer


Many Interior Designers can be found at Gensler, NBBJ, Hirsch Bedner, Callison Architecture, Inc., and Perkins and Will, firms that are at the top of the field. EwingCole leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $59K. Also paying near the top of the field are NBBJ at $56K, Gensler at $52K, and Design Group, where Interior Designers annually earn $50K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include DBI Architects at $44K, and Hirsch Bedner where $45K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Interior Designers there earn up to $69K.

Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Interior Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales. Those proficient in Adobe Photoshop are, more often than not, also skilled in 3D Rendering and Design. A tool kit that includes AutoCAD also typically contains Design and 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Interior Designers make a median salary of $52K. Interior Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $58K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Interior Designers that is 27 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 3 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (3 percent lower) and Portland (2 percent lower).

Interior Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Interior Designer?

Interior Designer in Denver:
"Increasingly Interactive And Technical."
Pros: Continual exposure to ever changing technology, ability to create your own path of specialty whether it be renderings, space planning, detailing, construction documents or a mix of all. I enjoy the creative people I work with and the design process. It's fun to see where you started and where you end up on each idea, each process, and each project.
Cons: The management can be tough, the hours can be unforgiving, the pay is typically lower that expected/desired. Lots of time sitting at a computer. Though a creative industry, depending on your firm size and management type you may never really get to push your own creative ideas out the door. That is the most depressing thing when you are a highly creative person.

Interior Designer in Scottsdale:
"So Far, So Good."
Pros: I love the atmosphere, I love working in a field I'm passionate about, I love the constant opportunity to learn. I love the creativity.
Cons: The pay.

Interior Designer in Anchorage:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Employees, flexible schedule, project opportunities, CEU opportunities, office conditions, variety of new projects and challenges, no day is exactly the same,
Cons: Below average pay, some management, CEU opportunities have been lowered, not enough opportunities to move up in the company, no raises for inflation, no bonuses.

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Experience Affects Interior Designer Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries


Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Technical Specification
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Design
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
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AutoCAD Architecture
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Adobe InDesign
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National Average
$42,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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3D Rendering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1151 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 27%