Entry-Level Interior Designer Salary

An average Entry-Level Interior Designer can expect to take home roughly $42K per year. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Interior Designers runs from $30K to $58K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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, the larger part have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,462 - $56,596
$30K
$42K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,691
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$11.87 - $25.46
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MEDIAN: $17.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,462 - $56,596  
   
Bonus
$486.00 - $5,076  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $7,213  
Commission
$881 - $19,727  
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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$29,639 - $57,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,155
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $25.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.88  
Overtime
$15.21 - $36.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$486.00 - $5,076  
   
Commission
$881 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $7,213  
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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$29,639 - $57,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 857
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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Entry-Level Interior Designers flock to Gensler, DBI Architects, Restoration Hardware, Inc., Hirsch Bedner, and HOK, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Hirsch Bedner can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,485

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

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Entry-Level Interior Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+22 percent), New York (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). San Diego ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average. Minneapolis and Denver 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

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

Interior Designer in Pittsburgh:
`"$The job is very stressful and sometimes requires long hours."`
To be successful you must be extremely organized.

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.

Key Stats for Interior Designer

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 405 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
77%
5-9 years
16%
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Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 405 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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