Senior Interior Designer Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths 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 $64K per year and can range from $45K on the lower end to $95K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation for Senior Interior Designers runs from $45K to $95K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Senior Interior Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 84 percent of Senior Interior Designers are female. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to two in five. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,137 - $88,624
(Median)
$44K
$64K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,070
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$20.08 - $64.11
(Median)
$20
$30
$64
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary 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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,137 - $88,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,963  
Profit Sharing
$247.47 - $11,836  
Commission
$0.00 - $41,217  
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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$44,740 - $95,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$20.08 - $64.11  
   
Overtime
$20.35 - $52.41  
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
$0.00 - $9,963  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $41,217  
Profit Sharing
$247.47 - $11,836  
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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$44,740 - $95,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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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 it's uncommon, some Senior Interior Designers move into roles as Design Managers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $77K 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 $73K. 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 Microsoft Excel, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, 3D Rendering, and Technical Specification. The majority of those 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. As Senior Interior Designers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,714

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Senior Interior Designers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (15 percent lower) and Minneapolis (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Interior Designer Salaries



National Average
$66,000



Skills That Affect Senior Interior Designer Salaries



Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 4%

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

Design
up arrow 2%

Commercial
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

National Average
$66,000

Technical Specification
up arrow 4%

3D Rendering
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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