Senior Interior Designer Salary

The majority of Senior Interior Designers in the United States — a little under three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $43K to $96K per year, and the median is $63K annually. In the world of Senior Interior Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $12K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $43K and $96K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While approximately one in five report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Women make up the vast majority of Senior Interior Designers (85 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Interior Designers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$42,619 - $88,717
(Median)
$43K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,685
10%
50%
90%

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$19.78 - $73.87
(Median)
$20
$29
$74
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
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
$42,619 - $88,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,032  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $12,365  
Commission
$0.00 - $58,175  
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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$43,396 - $96,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.78 - $73.87  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,032  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $58,175  
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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$43,396 - $96,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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 may enjoy increased earnings if they become Design Directors of Interior Design. This seems to be a popular career move, and Design Director of Interior Design earn a slightly higher median of $71K annually. An Interior Design Project Manager or an Architecture Project Manager is a typical transition from a Senior Interior Designer role.

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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 Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 3D Rendering and Technical Specification also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Design tend to be well versed in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $52K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 (+15 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (15 percent lower) and Minneapolis (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Interior Designer Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Senior Interior Designer Salaries





Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 3%

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 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 252 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
47%
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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