Entry-Level Interior Designer Salary

Entry-Level Interior Designers may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K per year. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Interior Designers (largely between $29K and $54K) includes potential earnings of $5K from bonuses, $6K from profit sharing, and commissions of $17K in exceptional cases. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,599 - $52,249
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,577
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$11.80 - $25.23
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,599 - $52,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,906  
Commission
$0.00 - $17,057  
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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$28,788 - $54,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $25.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$14.93 - $34.28  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $17,057  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,906  
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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$28,788 - $54,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,008
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,585

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

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Interior Designers that is 27 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. On the whole, employers pay 2 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Denver and Atlanta.

Interior Designer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Interior Designer in Irvine:
"Don't be Afraid to Ask Questions or Make Suggestions."
Try hard; do your best; do things other people won't; don't give up.

Interior Designer in Salt Lake City:
"Selling Strategies."
Be more friendly and social with new people even if it feels fake and uncomfortable.

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 Interior Designer Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe InDesign
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Project Management
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Adobe Illustrator
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AutoCAD Architecture
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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Graphic Design
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Design
0%

3D Rendering
0%

Technical Specification
0%

National Average
$40,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 512 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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