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Interior Designer Salary

The national average salary for Interior Designers is $43K annually; by contrast, Self-Employed pays at a significantly higher rate, offering average pay of $73K. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries at EwingCole (+$59K), NBBJ (+$56K), and Gensler (+$52K). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,372 - $61,903
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,594
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$12.11 - $31.81
(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
$30,372 - $61,903  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,061  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $5,711  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,879  
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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$30,073 - $64,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,823
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
$12.11 - $31.81  
   
Overtime
$15.03 - $37.30  
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 - $5,061  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,879  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $5,711  
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).
)
$30,073 - $64,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,317

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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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For Interior Designers, progressing to a Design Director of Interior Design role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Design Director of Interior Design can earn $71K annually. The most common next step for an Interior Designer is to become a Senior Interior Designer or an Interior Design Project Manager. The former position pays an additional $17K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Interior Designers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales. Most people experienced in Adobe Photoshop also know 3D Rendering and Design. Skill sets containing AutoCAD also tend to include Design and 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

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


For Interior Designers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. On average, Interior Designers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Interior Designers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Interior Designers that is 27 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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. Portland and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 3 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
$43,000


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%

Adobe InDesign
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%

National Average
$43,000

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 1012 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
31%
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%
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