Interior Designers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $46K per year for pay. The final incomes of Interior Designers generally vary between $31K and $68K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $6K, $8K, and $24K, respectively. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and geography are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Interior Designers. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and close to one-half have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,943 - $65,684
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$32K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,563
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$12.21 - $34.46
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,943 - $65,684  
   
Bonus
$497.95 - $6,141  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $7,894  
Commission
$1,014 - $23,583  
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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$30,617 - $68,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,531
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $34.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.35  
Overtime
$15.95 - $37.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$497.95 - $6,141  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $23,583  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $7,894  
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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$30,617 - $68,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,223
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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.

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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. Interior Designers typically move into roles as Senior Interior Designers or Interior Design Project Managers, and those positions pay $15K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Interior Designer


Gensler, IA, Interior Architects, Inc, NBBJ, Restoration Hardware, Inc., and Perkins Eastman Architects P.C. are top-notch employers for Interior Designers in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at Self-Employed — the median salary there is $73K. Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., EwingCole, and IA, Interior Architects, Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Interior Designers earning around $63K, $59K, or $59K at each firm, respectively.

Restoration Hardware, Inc., RLPS Architects, and DBI Architects also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $37K, $45K, and $45K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Interior Designers seem to wield many 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Sales, 3D Rendering, and AutoCAD Architecture. Most people who know 3D Rendering also know Design and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. For Interior Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,209

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Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Interior Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), New York (+18 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (2 percent less).

Interior Designer Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Interior Designer Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries


Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Adobe InDesign
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Technical Specification
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Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$45,000

autodesk autocad
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Microsoft Office
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Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
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Microsoft Excel
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Adobe Illustrator
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 657 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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