Interior Designer Salary

Though nationally Interior Designers make an average $43K annually, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Self-Employed, where the average salary is around $104K. EwingCole, Gresham Smith and Partners, and NBBJ also offer top salaries for Interior Designers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $59K, $57K, and $55K, respectively. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,495 - $62,025
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,848
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$12.12 - $32.93
(Median)
$12
$18
$33
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,495 - $62,025  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,080  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $5,711  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,577  
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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$30,151 - $64,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,925
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $32.93  
   
Overtime
$14.92 - $37.78  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,080  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,577  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $5,711  
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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$30,151 - $64,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,344
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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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For Interior Designers, progressing to a Design Director of Interior Design role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Design Director of Interior Design can earn $71K annually. Interior Designers most often move into positions as Senior Interior Designers or Interior Design Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $17K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Interior Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales and 3D Rendering. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Design and 3D Rendering. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in 3D Rendering and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

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


Interior Designers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. Interior Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Interior Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Atlanta (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Interior Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Interior Designer?

Interior Designer in Lynden:
"Creative, changing challenging."
Pros: I like the level of creativity. I enjoy traveling for work and the relationships built with vendors and reps. There are events and trade shows that are rewarding and fun. My hours are flexible, the company culture is good.
Cons: There is a lot of process work for each job. The selection and review process can be endless. The client dictates so much of the outcome it's easy to loose your design intent. Can put in 65 hours weeks in a row.

Interior Designer in Houston:
"Fast paced driven field of work. Multi tasking is a must."
Pros: Creating healthier environments for people to enjoy as well as educating the client on sustainable practices.
Cons: The cut throat budgeting to compete with Chinese prices for manufacturing furniture/fabric/lighting.

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
$43,000


Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries


Technical Specification
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$43,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

3D Rendering
up arrow 3%

up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 951 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 27%
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