Entry-Level Interior Designer Salary

Entry-Level Interior Designers can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K per year. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Interior Designers stretch from $29K on the lower end to $53K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Interior Designers is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,517 - $51,461

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$11.77 - $24.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,517 - $51,461  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,866  
Profit Sharing
$489.81 - $5,773  
Commission
$0.00 - $16,857  
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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$28,587 - $53,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $24.75  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $33.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,866  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,857  
Profit Sharing
$489.81 - $5,773  
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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$28,587 - $53,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 883
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Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Interior Designers, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Portland (5 percent less).

Interior Designer Advice

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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 516 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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