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Senior Interior Designer Salary

Senior Interior Designers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $62K per year, but may range from $43K to $97K per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Interior Designers varies from around $43K to approximately $97K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $12K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, approximately one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Senior Interior Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Senior Interior Designers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,996 - $88,170
(Median)
$42K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,860
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90%

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$19.53 - $66.38
(Median)
$20
$28
$66
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
$41,996 - $88,170  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,021  
Profit Sharing
$959 - $11,920  
Commission
$0.00 - $58,723  
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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$42,616 - $96,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,150
National Hourly Rate 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$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$19.53 - $66.38  
   
Overtime
$19.99 - $52.77  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,021  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $58,723  
Profit Sharing
$959 - $11,920  
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).
)
$42,616 - $96,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190

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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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Many Senior Interior Designers transition into upper-level Design Director of Interior Design positions. Design Directors of Interior Design earn a median of $71K per year. More often than not, an Interior Design Project Manager role is the next step for Senior Interior Designers moving up in the field. Pay for Interior Design Project Managers is usually $51K. Many Senior Interior Designers choose to take on an Architecture Project Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $65K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Interior Designer


Senior Interior Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, 3D Rendering, and Technical Specification. For most people, competency in Design indicates knowledge of 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $58K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $73K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Interior Designers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+23 percent), Boston (+17 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Senior Interior Designers in St. Louis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Denver and 10 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Senior Interior Designer Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Senior Interior Designer Salaries




Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 6%


Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Commercial
up arrow 2%


3D Rendering
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 306 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 20%