Entry-Level Interior Designer Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Interior Designers is very modest at just $39K annually. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Entry-Level Interior Designers. Ranging between $29K near the bottom and $53K near the top, total earnings can include up to $5K from bonuses and up to $6K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $17K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and around half receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$29,506 - $51,504
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,125
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50%
90%

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$11.75 - $24.68
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,506 - $51,504  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,867  
Profit Sharing
$489.81 - $5,894  
Commission
$0.00 - $16,798  
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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$28,505 - $53,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,246
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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $24.68  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $33.16  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,867  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,798  
Profit Sharing
$489.81 - $5,894  
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).
)
$28,505 - $53,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 881
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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Interior Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (6 percent lower) and Portland (5 percent lower).

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Interior Designer in San Diego:
"Standards Operating Procedures."
Every company should have standards and procedures on how to do things in order to have uniformity and understandably - especially within the design industry where the scale of each project vary from one another. Administrative Forms, CAD templates, Specification / Cut sheets, Design presentations, etc., should already be standardized depending on the project scale or type. This would- not only save countless hours on end but also dedicate valuable time elsewhere. PROPER TRAINING. All companies SHOULD afford the time and effort to, not only properly train each candidate, but to SUFFICIENTLY do so.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Interior Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Adobe InDesign
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Project Management
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Adobe Photoshop
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Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Graphic Design
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AutoCAD
0%

3D Rendering
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$39,000

Technical Specification
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Microsoft Excel
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 531 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 28%
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