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Interior Designer Salary

For Interior Designers, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Self-Employed, where the average employee brings in around $73K relative to the national average of $42K per year for those in this line of work. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries at EwingCole (+$59K), NBBJ (+$56K), and Gensler (+$52K). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,340 - $61,779
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,437
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90%

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$12.09 - $32.38
(Median)
$12
$18
$32
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
$30,340 - $61,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,057  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $5,087  
Commission
$0.00 - $18,460  
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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$30,031 - $64,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,768
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $32.38  
   
Overtime
$15.04 - $37.28  
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 - $5,057  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $18,460  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $5,087  
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).
)
$30,031 - $64,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,305

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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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As Interior Designers transition into upper-level roles such as Design Director of Interior Design, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Design Directors of Interior Design earn $71K on average per year. When Interior Designers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Interior Designers or Interior Design Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $17K and $8K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Interior Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in 3D Rendering and Design. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in 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. 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 $47K. Interior Designers bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Interior Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Interior Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). In Denver, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Chicago (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Interior Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Interior Designer?

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
$42,000


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
$42,000

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 1057 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
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 27%