$47,303
Avg. Salary
$19.76
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,996

Bonus

$1,999

Profit Sharing

$5,849

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Interior Designer is $19.76 per hour.

The average pay for an Interior Designer is $47,303 per year.

$13.10
10%
$19.76
50%
$34.83
90%
MEDIAN $19.76
$34k
10%
$47k
50%
$68k
90%
MEDIAN $47,303
$34,011 - $68,210
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$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,303
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$13.10 - $34.83
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$0$71K
Salary $34,011 - $68,210
Bonus $503 - $6,382
Profit Sharing $507 - $7,935
Commission $916 - $29,177
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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$31,715 - $71,208
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,596
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.10 - $34.83
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $10.10
Overtime $17.63 - $41.19
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $503 - $6,382
Commission $916 - $29,177
Profit Sharing $507 - $7,935
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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$31,715 - $71,208
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,321

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.

Interior Designer Pay By Employer

$0$244K

Gensler
73 profiles
$54,785

Design Group
21 profiles
$50,505

Hirsch Bedner
20 profiles
$52,059

$55,794

$61,581

Perkins and Will
16 profiles
$53,304

$40,110

DLR Group, Inc.
15 profiles
$53,874

HOK
14 profiles
$53,750

Self-Employed
14 profiles
$93,600

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 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: $47,005

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 Los Angeles:
"Being creative without baunderies while you learn constant."
Pros: The freedom it gives me. I can choose my own hours, but also the way I work I can choose. You have to push yourself constantly cause it's a business that changes all the time, so you have to learn constantly. Because it is related to so many other fields you learn a lot about many different things in life. It is my job, but at the same time it is my passion as well, so it feels very natural for me being an interior designer.
Cons: The insecurity. You never know if you'll find new clients and projects. It can get very lonely as well. But at the same time I got used to it and I like it now. But sometimes you need advice and it's hard when it's just yourself.

Interior Designer in Pittsburgh:
"Variety."
Pros: There is a lot of variety in my day.
Cons: Administrative minutia bogging down design.

Interior Designer in Houston:
"Fast paced driven field of work. Multi tasking is a must."
Pros: Creating healthier environments for people to enjoy as well as educating the client on sustainable practices.
Cons: The cut throat budgeting to compete with Chinese prices for manufacturing furniture/fabric/lighting.

Interior Designer in Delhi:
"Its a pride to work and named a INTERIOR DESIGNER."
Pros: Its creative imaginative little hectic stressful sometime but still love to see our end product our hardwork.
Cons: It has no time limit.

Interior Designer in Denver:
"Increasingly Interactive And Technical."
Pros: Continual exposure to ever changing technology, ability to create your own path of specialty whether it be renderings, space planning, detailing, construction documents or a mix of all. I enjoy the creative people I work with and the design process. It's fun to see where you started and where you end up on each idea, each process, and each project.
Cons: The management can be tough, the hours can be unforgiving, the pay is typically lower that expected/desired. Lots of time sitting at a computer. Though a creative industry, depending on your firm size and management type you may never really get to push your own creative ideas out the door. That is the most depressing thing when you are a highly creative person.

Interior Designer in Scottsdale:
"So Far, So Good."
Pros: I love the atmosphere, I love working in a field I'm passionate about, I love the constant opportunity to learn. I love the creativity.
Cons: The pay.

Interior Designer in Anchorage:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Employees, flexible schedule, project opportunities, CEU opportunities, office conditions, variety of new projects and challenges, no day is exactly the same,
Cons: Below average pay, some management, CEU opportunities have been lowered, not enough opportunities to move up in the company, no raises for inflation, no bonuses.

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Key Stats for Interior Designer

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1504 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Interior Designer Salaries

▲37%

▲22%

▲9%

National Average
$47,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Interior Designer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1504 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 29%