Senior Interior Designer Salary

More than two-thirds of Senior Interior Designers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $43K to $96K per year, and the average comes out to $63K annually. Overall compensation packages to Senior Interior Designers range from $43K on the low end to $96K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $10K and profit sharing that approaches $12K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $45K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women account for the majority of Senior Interior Designers who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. One-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$42,597 - $88,864
(Median)
$43K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,676
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$19.69 - $73.75
(Median)
$20
$29
$74
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$42,597 - $88,864  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,054  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $12,365  
Commission
$0.00 - $45,000  
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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$43,330 - $96,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.69 - $73.75  
   
Overtime
$19.86 - $52.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,054  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $45,000  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $12,365  
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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$43,330 - $96,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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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Senior Interior Designers often transition into upper-level roles like Design Director of Interior Design, for which the average compensation is $71K per year. A Senior Interior Designer often moves on to become an Interior Design Project Manager or an Architecture Project Manager.

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Popular Skills for Senior Interior Designer


Survey results imply that Senior Interior Designers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Revit Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 3D Rendering and Technical Specification also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Design are also skilled in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Interior Designer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Interior Designers make a median salary of $67K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $73K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Interior Designers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Interior Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Minneapolis (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Interior Designer Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Senior Interior Designer Salaries





Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

Commercial
0%

National Average
$65,000


3D Rendering
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 21%
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