Interior Designer Salary

Interior Designers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $46K annually. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Interior Designers. Ranging between $31K near the bottom and $70K near the top, total earnings can include up to $6K from bonuses and up to $9K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $24K. While experience level and geography impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and about one-half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Interior Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,722 - $66,674
$33K
$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,064
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$12.46 - $35.12
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MEDIAN: $19.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,722 - $66,674  
   
Bonus
$498.65 - $6,342  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $8,902  
Commission
$986 - $23,839  
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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$30,888 - $69,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $35.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.10  
Overtime
$16.25 - $38.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$498.65 - $6,342  
   
Commission
$986 - $23,839  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $8,902  
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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$30,888 - $69,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,238

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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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It's not very common for Interior Designers to move on to become Design Managers. Average pay for a Design Manager is $79K annually. 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 $15K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Interior Designer


Many Interior Designers can be found at Gensler, IA, Interior Architects, Inc, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., Restoration Hardware, Inc., and NBBJ, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Self-Employed — the median salary there is $62K. Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks at IA, Interior Architects, Inc ($60K), EwingCole ($59K), and NBBJ ($57K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Restoration Hardware, Inc. at $37K, Interior Design Group at $42K, and Ware Malcomb, Inc, where $44K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Survey takers working as Interior Designers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Adobe InDesign 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

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: $45,742

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

For those looking to make money, Interior Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Portland and San Diego (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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

▲40%

▲25%

▲12%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

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: 38%
no benefits
None: 30%
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