Design Director, Interior Design Salary

Design Directors of Interior Design in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over four-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $57K to $152K per year, median earnings come to $90K annually. In the world of Design Directors of Interior Design, total cash compensation can vary between $57K and $152K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $29K and $50K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Design Directors of Interior Design. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. There are far more female Design Directors of Interior Design who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,726 - $147,114
$58K
$92K
$150K
MEDIAN: $92,069
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90%

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$16.74 - $96.96
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$97
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$0$157K
Salary $57,726 - $147,114
Bonus $2,073 - $28,906
Profit Sharing $3,064 - $48,479
Commission $5,068 - $69,043
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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$57,808 - $157,116
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 250
Hourly Data $0$96
Hourly Rate $16.74 - $96.96
Overtime $40.69
Annual Data $0$157K
Bonus $2,073 - $28,906
Commission $5,068 - $69,043
Profit Sharing $3,064 - $48,479
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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$57,808 - $157,116
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 13

Job Description for Design Director, Interior Design

Design directors for interior design are responsible for directing design duties in interior spaces for their organization. They are in charge of making important decisions regarding project design based on interior design knowledge and requirements. It is essential that they follow strict safety procedures when modifying existing interior construction. In addition, they must have an advanced understanding and knowledge of construction techniques as it relates to interior design.

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Design Director, Interior Design Tasks

  • Create and train the organization on interior design standards and policies.
  • Manage and oversee upgrades and changes in design strategy.
  • Work with senior management and marketing to fit interior design strategy to organizational vision.
  • Inspect properties, work with clients, advise on installation matters, and ensure compliance.
  • Create design specifications and work with other departments for pricing, safety, and delivery assurance.

Design Director, Interior Design Job Listings

Popular Skills for Design Director, Interior Design


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Client Interaction, Design, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include autodesk autocad, AutoCAD, and Team Leadership. Those educated in Design tend to be well versed in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Director, Interior Design

Pay by Experience for a Design Director, Interior Design has a positive trend. An entry-level Design Director, Interior Design with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Design Director, Interior Design with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 56 salaries. An experienced Design Director, Interior Design which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 128 salaries. A Design Director, Interior Design with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,364

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

Home to some of the best pay for Design Directors of Interior Design, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Design Directors of Interior Design can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Dallas (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+32 percent), and Minneapolis (+27 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Columbus and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Design Director, Interior Design Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Design Director, Interior Design?

Design Director, Interior Design in West Orange:
"Every project is a new experience and challenge."
Pros: Problem Solving; engagement with collaborative team; mentoring staff.
Cons: Stressful; disengaged and unrealistic clients; potential clients thinking that design will be finalized and then they decide if they want to hire you instead of following a process. Dealing with less than reputable trades who think this is their own priovate moneymakeer instead of followng specs.

Design Director, Interior Design in Columbus:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Flexible Hours, Casual Dress, Stress Free,
Cons: Low Pay.

Design Director, Interior Design in Aliso Viejo:
"Work Hard, Play Hard."
Pros: My job is high intense, busy and rewarding. I have the opportunity to be creative and bring my ideas to life. It's constantly changing and growing. My boss allows me to be as innovative as I want (as long as it meets the budget). I couldn't have asked for a better job.
Cons: It can get extremely frustrating working with the guys in the field. They need to be "handheld" through decisions. It keeps us from being productive and moving forward. The hours can be extreme from time to time but when you love what you do, the days fly by. At times, it's very intense and the deadlines are unrealistic.

Design Director, Interior Design in Greenville:
"Work flexibility, office conditions, stress level,"
Pros: The happiness of the clients and the positive energy of the work environment are extremely satisfying.
Cons: The constancy of pressure to not fail in pleasing the client. Also, if clients do not pay their bills, be it late or not at all, I detest having to contact them to make them pay risking losing them as a client all together.

Design Director, Interior Design in Baton Rouge:
"Many Hats."
Pros: Family first. Decent showroom.
Cons: Lack of professionalism of some employees.

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Key Stats for Design Director, Interior Design

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
37%

Experience Affects Design Director, Interior Design Salaries

▲13%

▲2%

National Average
$96,000

▼19%

Entry-Level
▼48%

Skills That Affect Design Director, Interior Design Salaries



National Average
$96,000

▼5%

Adobe Photoshop
▼9%


Autodesk Revit Architecture
▼17%

▼18%

Team Leadership
▼18%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 16%