Senior Interior Designer Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Senior interior designers must have strong organizational and communication skills. They must be able to work with coordinators, fabricators, and regulatory agencies to meet overall project goals. Senior interior designers also must be able to create graphic presentations, 3D renderings, and construction drawings. They must possess great verbal and nonverbal skills and be able to apply them in different situations.
Most companies want you to possess a bachelor’s degree in architecture or design. Some companies allow candidates to substitute education with work experience. Most companies require proficiency in programs such as 2D/3D software, AutoCAD, 3D Studio MAX, PhotoShop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Senior interior designers may be required to travel, as well as work long hours when deadlines are approaching.
Senior Interior Designer Tasks
- Create and present interior design concepts in response to client needs.
- Create estimates, schedules, and staffing plans to complete projects.
- Use software to design, sketch, and provide drawings of proposed projects.
- Work with clients to define project requirements and develop design criteria.
Common Career Paths for Senior Interior Designer
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
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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