Most Interior Designers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $46K per year. Total cash incomes of Interior Designers run from $31K to $69K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K, profit sharing that reaches $9K, and some commissions of nearly $24K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by tenure and geography. For the most part, Interior Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$32,303 - $66,279
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MEDIAN: $45,854
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$12.37 - $34.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,303 - $66,279  
   
Bonus
$497.52 - $6,138  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $9,023  
Commission
$995 - $24,243  
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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$30,745 - $69,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $34.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.19  
Overtime
$15.95 - $38.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$497.52 - $6,138  
   
Commission
$995 - $24,243  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $9,023  
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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$30,745 - $69,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,263

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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

  • 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.
  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers and plumbers.

Common Career Paths for Interior Designer


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Interior Designers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Design Manager. The average Design Manager brings home $78K 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 $15K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Interior Designer


Gensler, IA, Interior Architects, Inc, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., NBBJ, and Restoration Hardware, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Interior Designers. Employees of Self-Employed can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $73K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $29K to $211K. IA, Interior Architects, Inc, EwingCole, and NBBJ are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Interior Designers earning around $60K, $59K, or $57K at each firm, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Restoration Hardware, Inc. ($37K), Interior Design Group ($42K), and DBI Architects ($45K).

Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Survey results imply that Interior Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Specification, Adobe InDesign, and Autodesk Revit Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales, AutoCAD Architecture, and 3D Rendering. For most people, competency in 3D Rendering indicates knowledge of Design and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Interior Designers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Interior Designers make a median salary of $57K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,503

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For Interior Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Washington (+16 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

Interior Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Interior Designer?

Interior Designer in Johannesburg:
"Amazing to see all your work displayed to the public."
Pros: The last minute details on the finished products and rendering.
Cons: I want to.be able to get out the office more abd visit more sites.

Interior Designer in Miami:
"It is a very pleasant and fast pass environment."
Pros: Working as interior designer has its perks. You get the chance to transform people's life by helping them design the house of their dreams or by designing a very pleasant place to stay for people from all around the world. If you like fashion and are a trendy person you get the chance to experience it at work too.
Cons: The bad side of the job is that sometimes it can become very stressful and if you are working in an environment that doesn't help it can get worse. But this may happen in many other types of jobs.

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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Key Stats for Interior Designer

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 673 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Interior Designer Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 673 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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