Interior Designer Salary

Most Interior Designers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $47K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Interior Designers. Ranging between $31K near the bottom and $70K near the top, total earnings can include up to $6K from bonuses and up to $8K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $27K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by tenure and geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by around half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,551 - $67,177
$34K
$47K
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MEDIAN: $46,864
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$13.01 - $35.28
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$0$70K
Salary $33,551 - $67,177
Bonus $500 - $6,299
Profit Sharing $501 - $9,207
Commission $971 - $28,581
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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$31,292 - $70,611
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,684
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $13.01 - $35.28
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $3.26
Overtime $17.62 - $38.97
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $500 - $6,299
Commission $971 - $28,581
Profit Sharing $501 - $9,207
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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$31,292 - $70,611
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,315

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Job Description for Interior Designer

Most of the time, interior designers work for home or office builders. However, they may have their own businesses. Interior designers must be able to create a space that is aesthetic, functional, and safe. They work to enhance the quality of living or working environment. They must make sure that living or working spaces have appropriate colors, lighting, and decoration. They must follow their client’s instructions. They must be good listeners and must be able to attend to the specific needs of their clients. They are involved in all aspects of the design process.

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Interior Designer Tasks

  • Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings.
  • Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers and plumbers.

Common Career Paths for Interior Designer


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There are some Interior Designers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Design Managers, where earnings are an average $79K annually. It is quite typical for Interior Designers to transition into roles as Senior Interior Designers or Interior Design Project Managers, where reported median earnings are $15K and $5K higher per year.

Interior Designer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Interior Designer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Interior Designers include Gensler, IA, Interior Architects, Inc, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., Restoration Hardware, Inc., and NBBJ. Self-Employed leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $62K. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries at IA, Interior Architects, Inc (+$60K), EwingCole (+$59K), and NBBJ (+$57K).

Restoration Hardware, Inc., Interior Design Group, and Ware Malcomb, Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($37K, $42K, and $44K respectively).

Popular Skills for Interior Designer


Interior Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales, AutoCAD Architecture, and 3D Rendering. The majority of those who know 3D Rendering also know Design and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Interior Designer

Pay by Experience for an Interior Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Interior Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 3,012 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Interior Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,462 salaries. An experienced Interior Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 813 salaries. An Interior Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 300 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,560

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

For Interior Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Interior Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+18 percent), Washington (+17 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (4 percent lower) and San Diego (2 percent lower).

Interior Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Interior Designer?

Interior Designer in Olathe:
Pros: I like the casual atmosphere, laid back vibe, understanding boss.
Cons: Not enough direction on wants for the position and company. Changing ideas, not consistent.

Interior Designer in San Diego:
Pros: Coworkers support each other and offer help when needed. Creative field to work in.
Cons: Owner does not understand the importance of continuing education and staying relevant in the field. Owner does not provide updated or in any way ergonomic working conditions for long hours at a desk.

Interior Designer in Johannesburg:
"Amazing to see all your work displayed to the public."
Pros: The last minute details on the finished products and rendering.
Cons: I want to.be able to get out the office more abd visit more sites.

Interior Designer in Columbus:
"Every day is different."
Pros: The culture in our office is unlike any other.
Cons: There are things that are swept under the rug.

Interior Designer in Springfield:
"A job in residential design."
Pros: I have the opportunity to make people love their homes again.
Cons:

Interior Designer in Mumbai:
"Good."
Pros: My skill ,in interior designenr.
Cons: Very important job timeing.very bad.

Interior Designer in Columbia:
"Wonderful."
Pros: I get to be an artist. Great team. I always have a lot to do.
Cons: I have to majorly multi task into different positions that I hold, creating distractions. I don't feel that I get paid enough for what I'm putting in/capable of doing.

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Key Stats for Interior Designer

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 849 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Interior Designer Salaries

▲38%

▲23%

▲10%

National Average
$47,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 849 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 31%
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