Senior Interior Designer Salary

Senior Interior Designers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $64K per year, but may range from $45K to $95K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Interior Designers — including $10K bonuses, $12K profit sharing proceeds, and $41K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $45K and $95K. Geography and career duration 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. For the most part, Senior Interior Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly two in five. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$44,137 - $88,624
(Median)
$44K
$64K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,070
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90%

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$20.08 - $64.11
(Median)
$20
$30
$64
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
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90%

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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 (?
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Senior Interior Designers who move on to become Design Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $77K. With an annual salary of $73K, Design Director of Interior Design is the most common role for Senior Interior Designers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Interior Design Project Manager role — which usually pays $51K — is also typical for Senior Interior Designers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Senior Interior Designer


Senior Interior Designers seem to wield many 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, 3D Rendering, and Technical Specification. It is often found that people who know Design are also skilled in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Interior Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Interior Designers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $55K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. Senior Interior Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $67K. Senior Interior Designers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,714

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

For Senior Interior Designers, New York provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Senior Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Minneapolis (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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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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