Senior Interior Designer Salary
Close to two-thirds of Senior Interior Designers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $93K per year, but median earnings come to around $66K annually. With bonuses and profit sharing proceeds each occasionally running north of $10K and a few commissions that surpass $25K, total incomes for Senior Interior Designers generally vary between $48K and $93K according to individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Women make up the vast majority of Senior Interior Designers (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — around one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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. A Design Director of Interior Design role is the most common promotion for Senior Interior Designers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $75K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Interior Designers is an Interior Design Project Manager position, where earnings are usually $51K.
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Popular Skills for Senior Interior Designer
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe InDesign, Commercial, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office. 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Interior Designers make a median salary of $70K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $74K.
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 Dallas (+18 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Miami (+11 percent). Senior Interior Designers in Minneapolis take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Charlotte (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).
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