Interior Designer Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Interior Designers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $44K annually. Total cash compensation for Interior Designers runs from $30K to $66K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by career length and geographic location. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Interior Designers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by one-half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,744 - $63,389
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$31K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,870
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$12.18 - $34.94
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,744 - $63,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,175  
Profit Sharing
$481.44 - $5,914  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,978  
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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$30,362 - $66,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $34.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$15.08 - $38.03  
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
$0.00 - $5,175  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,978  
Profit Sharing
$481.44 - $5,914  
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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$30,362 - $66,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,543
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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.

Common Career Paths for Interior Designer


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Interior Designers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Design Director of Interior Design. The latter position pays an average of $73K annually. 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 $16K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Interior Designer


Gensler, Hirsch Bedner, IA, Interior Architects, Inc, NBBJ, and Callison Architecture, Inc. are all popular places to work. Interior Designers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Self-Employed, where the average salary comes to $73K. Other leaders in compensation levels are EwingCole at $59K, NBBJ at $57K, and IA, Interior Architects, Inc, where Interior Designers annually earn $56K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include DBI Architects at $45K, and Gresham Smith and Partners where $47K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Interior Designers there earn up to $64K.

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, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Technical Specification, and Autodesk Revit Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales and 3D Rendering. Most people who know Adobe Photoshop also know 3D Rendering and Design. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know Design and 3D Rendering.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

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


Interior Designers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. For Interior Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $61K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,767

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

For Interior Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+21 percent), New York (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). In Denver, salaries are 5 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Interior Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Interior Designer?

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.

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Experience Affects Interior Designer Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Technical Specification
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Adobe Photoshop
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Design
0%

Microsoft Office
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Adobe InDesign
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AutoCAD Architecture
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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National Average
$44,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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Adobe Illustrator
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3D Rendering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 941 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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