Average Entry-Level Interior Designers make around $41K annually. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Interior Designers (largely between $29K and $56K) includes potential earnings of $5K from bonuses, $7K from profit sharing, and commissions of $19K in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,162 - $55,607
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,103
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$11.56 - $25.24
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,162 - $55,607  
   
Bonus
$484.29 - $5,094  
Profit Sharing
$493.96 - $6,545  
Commission
$1,011 - $19,000  
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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$29,289 - $56,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $25.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.69  
Overtime
$15.12 - $36.19  
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
$484.29 - $5,094  
   
Commission
$1,011 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$493.96 - $6,545  
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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$29,289 - $56,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 831
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Although the highest salaries can be found at Gensler where median pay is $50K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $43K and $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,906

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Interior Designers, 35 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+22 percent), New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent. San Diego and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 2 percent less than the median.

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


Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Technical Specification
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Adobe Photoshop
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Project Management
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Adobe Illustrator
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Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
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autodesk autocad
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3D Rendering
0%

National Average
$41,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 378 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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