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Senior Interior Designer Salary (United States)

Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Interior Designers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $42K to $97K per year, but median earnings come to around $61K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Interior Designers generally bottom out at around $42K and peak near $97K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Senior Interior Designers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Most Senior Interior Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Interior Designer Salary (?
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$40,911 - $86,473
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MEDIAN: $60,864
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Senior Interior Designer Salary (?
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$19.34 - $73.60
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,911 - $86,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,971  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $10,375  
Commission
$0.00 - $60,000  
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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$41,645 - $96,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.34 - $73.60  
   
Overtime
$19.95 - $53.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,971  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $60,000  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $10,375  
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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$41,645 - $96,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Senior Interior Designers may enjoy an increase in earnings if they become Design Directors of Interior Design. On average, top-notch roles like Design Director of Interior Design will offer $71K annually. Senior Interior Designers go on to become Interior Design Project Managers more often than anything even though typical pay for the role is $50K. Senior Interior Designers who move into an Architecture Project Manager role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $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, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Commercial, and Technical Specification. 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $57K. Senior Interior Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $66K. 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 $71K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$63,000
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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Interior Designers, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Interior Designers is geography, with workers in St. Louis earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers in Denver and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Interior Designer Salaries

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$63,000

Skills That Affect Senior Interior Designer Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
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$63,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 22%