Entry-Level Interior Designer Salary

Entry-Level Interior Designers may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K per year. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Interior Designers runs from $29K to $54K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and nearly one-half receive dental plans. Most Entry-Level Interior Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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.

Entry-Level Interior Designers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. 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). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Denver and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

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
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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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