Interior Designer Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Interior Designers, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Self-Employed enjoy much larger paychecks — $104K on average versus $43K annually. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries at EwingCole (+$59K), NBBJ (+$55K), and IA, Interior Architects, Inc (+$54K). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,559 - $62,160

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$12.15 - $32.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,559 - $62,160  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,182  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,879  
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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$30,219 - $64,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,971
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $32.43  
   
Overtime
$14.91 - $37.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,879  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,182  
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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$30,219 - $64,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,351
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Job Description for Interior Designer

Most of the time, interior designers work for home or office builders. However, they may have their own businesses. Interior designers must be able to create a space that is aesthetic, functional, and safe. They work to enhance the quality of living or working environment. They must make sure that living or working spaces have appropriate colors, lighting, and decoration. They must follow their client’s instructions. They must be good listeners and must be able to attend to the specific needs of their clients. They are involved in all aspects of the design process.

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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 transition into a Design Director of Interior Design role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $72K per year. A common career progression for an Interior Designer is to become a Senior Interior Designer or an Interior Design Project Manager. Compared to Interior Designers, the first group earns $17K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

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Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales and 3D Rendering. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Design and 3D Rendering. For most people, competency in Adobe Photoshop indicates knowledge of 3D Rendering and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Interior Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Boston (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Seattle (+16 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Portland and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 3 percent less than the median.

Interior Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Interior Designer?

Interior Designer in New York:
"NYC Interior Designer."
Pros: I work with a wonderful core team of people. The projects are exciting and engaging, and in many cases, I am involved in work that far surpasses the typical duties of an interior designer.
Cons: I feel overworked in many instances. I do not feel I am compensated appropriately for the additional work and projects I take on. Lack of sufficient paid vacation. Salaries are stagnant.

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.

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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%

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

AutoCAD
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

National Average
$43,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

3D Rendering
up arrow 3%

up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 921 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
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 26%
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