Interior Designer Salary

Most Interior Designers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $47K per year. Final cash compensation to Interior Designers varies from around $31K to approximately $70K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $9K, respectively. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and location are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and about one-half get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,109 - $66,631
$33K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,540
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$12.78 - $35.28
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MEDIAN: $19.68
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$0$69K
Salary $33,109 - $66,631
Bonus $499.56 - $6,353
Profit Sharing $503 - $8,770
Commission $983 - $27,000
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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$31,112 - $69,968
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,680
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.78 - $35.28
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $10.10
Overtime $17.30 - $38.35
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $499.56 - $6,353
Commission $983 - $27,000
Profit Sharing $503 - $8,770
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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$31,112 - $69,968
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,292

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Interior Designers move into roles as Design Managers, where pay is an average $79K per year. Typical career progression for an Interior Designer involves becoming a Senior Interior Designer or an Interior Design Project Manager, roles that pay $15K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Interior Designer


Gensler, IA, Interior Architects, Inc, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., Restoration Hardware, Inc., and NBBJ are among the top companies that take on many Interior Designers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Self-Employed offers the most; Interior Designers earn $62K on average there. Other big spenders include IA, Interior Architects, Inc, EwingCole, and NBBJ, top-paying firms where Interior Designers see paychecks nearing $60K, $59K, or $57K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Restoration Hardware, Inc. ($37K), Interior Design Group ($42K), and Ware Malcomb, Inc ($44K).

Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Survey results imply that Interior Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales, AutoCAD Architecture, and 3D Rendering. Those proficient in 3D Rendering are, more often than not, also skilled in Design and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

Pay by Experience for an Interior Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Interior Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 3,012 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Interior Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,462 salaries. An experienced Interior Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 813 salaries. An Interior Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 300 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,280

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Interior Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+18 percent), Washington (+17 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Portland and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

Interior Designer Reviews

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

Interior Designer in Olathe:
Pros: I like the casual atmosphere, laid back vibe, understanding boss.
Cons: Not enough direction on wants for the position and company. Changing ideas, not consistent.

Interior Designer in San Diego:
Pros: Coworkers support each other and offer help when needed. Creative field to work in.
Cons: Owner does not understand the importance of continuing education and staying relevant in the field. Owner does not provide updated or in any way ergonomic working conditions for long hours at a desk.

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 Columbus:
"Every day is different."
Pros: The culture in our office is unlike any other.
Cons: There are things that are swept under the rug.

Interior Designer in Springfield:
"A job in residential design."
Pros: I have the opportunity to make people love their homes again.
Cons:

Interior Designer in Mumbai:
"Good."
Pros: My skill ,in interior designenr.
Cons: Very important job timeing.very bad.

Interior Designer in Columbia:
"Wonderful."
Pros: I get to be an artist. Great team. I always have a lot to do.
Cons: I have to majorly multi task into different positions that I hold, creating distractions. I don't feel that I get paid enough for what I'm putting in/capable of doing.

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Key Stats for Interior Designer

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 808 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

▲39%

▲24%

▲11%

National Average
$46,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 808 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: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 31%
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