With nearly two in three of Senior Interior Designers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Interior Designers is $66K per year and can range from $48K on the lower end to $94K per year near the higher end. Total cash earnings of Senior Interior Designers range from $48K on the low end to $94K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $11K, respectively. While career duration and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Female Senior Interior Designers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While nearly one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,079 - $89,839
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$48K
$66K
$90K
MEDIAN: $65,998
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$19.42 - $58.96
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$59
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,079 - $89,839  
   
Bonus
$1,023 - $10,012  
Profit Sharing
$162.50 - $11,000  
Commission
$513 - $27,617  
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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$48,213 - $93,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 754
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.42 - $58.96  
   
Overtime
$24.73 - $50.84  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,023 - $10,012  
   
Commission
$513 - $27,617  
Profit Sharing
$162.50 - $11,000  
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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$48,213 - $93,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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Job Description for Senior Interior Designer

Senior interior designers are responsible for developing, managing, and recording technical aspects of the project. They work closely with the project manager, design coordinators, and project teams on conceptual designs, presentations, design development, and production. Senior interior designers must be responsible for project deliverables, meeting overall project design schedules, as well as preparing and presenting design presentations. They must inform the project manager of any problems and attend meeting with the project managers.

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Senior Interior Designer Tasks

  • Use software to design, sketch, and provide drawings of proposed projects.
  • Work with clients to define project requirements and develop design criteria.
  • Create and present interior design concepts in response to client needs.
  • Create estimates, schedules, and staffing plans to complete projects.

Common Career Paths for Senior Interior Designer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Interior Designers sometimes become Director of Interior Designs, where the average income is $86K per year. Going from Senior Interior Designer to Design Director of Interior Design is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $75K. Many others choose to work as Interior Design Project Managers, where pay is typically $51K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Interior Designer


Senior Interior Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Commercial, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office. Most people who know Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Interior Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Interior Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $54K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. For Senior Interior Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Senior Interior Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,004

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Interior Designers, 28 percent higher than the national average. Senior Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (13 percent less) and Kansas City (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Interior Designer Salaries



National Average
$67,000



Skills That Affect Senior Interior Designer Salaries




Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

National Average
$67,000

autodesk autocad
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Technical Specification
up arrow 2%

Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 2%

3D Rendering
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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