How Much Do Interior Designers Make?

Interior designer job descriptionInterior designers are involved in designing and planning internal spaces. This includes helping the owners of the space realise their visions, turning them into reality. They need to design a space to be both aesthetically pleasing, and practical too.

Projects can cover a wide range of activities to achieve the end result. From some structural alterations, to choosing and procuring furnishings, wallpaper, curtains, and lighting. There is a great deal of room for creative freedom is most jobs, relying on the interior designers

The key skills of an interior designer include creativity, imagination, a keen eye for colour, the ability to visualise and explain concepts to others, good IT and graphic design skills, and an interest in current design trends.

Interior Designer Salary

How much do interior designers make? The average interior designers’ salary across the US is $53,370. The average, also known as the median wage, is calculated by taking the figure in which half the workers in the profession earned less than in one year, and half earned more than.

interior designer salaryAn interior designers starting salary is around $29,970. With the lowest 10% in the profession earning less than $29,970, and the highest 10% earning more than $94,130. Most interior designers work full-time, however the job often demands changing their hours around and is not a typical 9-5.

Freelance interior designers’ salaries can fluctuate a lot. There is a mix of jobs that either pay per job, or per hour. Making the freelance line of work less consistent, but allowing for a personal brand and style to be established. There are numerous well known interior designers who are hired due to their custom styling and reputation.

Top 5 Paying States

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
0.30
$32.48
$67,550
Utah Flag
Utah
0.21
$31.19
$64,880
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
$30.81
$64,090
New York Flag
New York
0.38
$30.59
$63,630
Alaska Flag
Texas

0.36
$30.28
$62,970

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch
0.02
$36.41
$75,730
Electronic Markets Brokers and Agents
0.04
$31.89
$66,320
Warehousing and Storage
0.01
$29.77
$61,910
Management of Companies
0.05
$29.15
$60,640
Engineering, Architectural, and Related Services
0.64
$28.82
$59,940

Interior Designer Job Description

what do interior designers doBeautiful, functional indoor spaces are not put together by chance. They are designed by interior designers. So, what do interior designers do? The designers carefully plan out what they are going to do with a space, usually by drawing up some plans on some computer software to show the client. They combine their technical skills with artistic flair to create and arrange functional spaces that we all use.

You may not have thought it about it, but interior designers are responsible for your workspace, the shops you visit, and the layout of your home to mention a few examples. Some homeowners hire them to help with the furnishings and decor within their homes too.

A designer will first consult with the client/owner of the premises they will be designing. The designer will then create a detailed plan for approval, addressing any issues and going back and forth. This will include such considerations as furnishing styles, color schemes, specific items, materials to be used, and any themes to be adhered to. All within the specific budget.

During the initial interaction with the client, an interior designer must ask as many questions as possible to get a good impression of the client’s vision. Being able to create a design that meets the requirements of the client, and is as close to their perceived image as possible is very important.

The interior designer will be given a budget by the client, and required to buy all the materials within budget. This may involve some good negotiating and communication skills, and the ability to procure the materials. Other tradespeople will often carry out a lot of the interior work, especially building modifications, overseen by the interior designer.

A formally trained interior designer career will evolve over time as different design trends come in and out. There are a lot of industry trends to keep up with, there are often new techniques, materials, fashion movements, etc, so regular updating of industry knowledge is necessary.

Interior Designer Salary by State

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
0.168
$25.28
$52,580
Alaska Flag
Alaska
$29.40
$61,150
Arizona Flag
Arizona
0.347
$28.25
$58,750
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
0.101
$21.65
$45,030
California Flag
California
0.387
$30.25
$62,930
Colorado flag
Colorado
0.499
$25.05
$52,110
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
$30.81
$64,090
Delaware flag
Delaware
0.335
$27.70
$57,610
Florida Flag
Florida
0.509
$23.20
$48,260
Georgia Flag
Georgia
0.362
$23.91
$49,730
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
0.154
$27.48
$57,160
Idaho Flag
Idaho
0.206
$19.02
$39,570
Illinois Flag
Illinois
0.353
$22.70
$47,210
Indiana Flag
Indiana
0.23
$27.25
$56,680
Iowa Flag
Iowa
0.222
$20.04
$41,680
Kansas Flag
Kansas
0.201
$23.73
$49,350
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
0.149
$26.96
$56,070
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
0.214
$19.60
$40,780
Maine Flag
Maine
0.153
$26.81
$55,770
Maryland Flag
Maryland
0.376
$24.10
$50,130
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
0.304
$32.48
$67,550
Michigan Flag
Michigan
0.223
$22.76
$47,350
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
0.279
$22.24
$46,250
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
0.237
$18.09
$37,640
Missouri Flag
Missouri
0.444
$24.08
$50,080
Montana Flag
Montana
0.152
$20.56
$42,770
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
0.216
$22.91
$47,650
Nevada Flag
Nevada
0.182
$25.04
$52,080
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
0.273
$22.13
$46,020
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
0.437
$27.63
$57,460
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
0.143
$23.63
$49,150
New York Flag
New York
0.383
$30.59
$63,630
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
0.31
$22.67
$47,160
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
0.236
$18.86
$39,240
Ohio Flag
Ohio
0.291
$22.41
$46,600
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
0.179
$22.24
$46,260
Oregon Flag
Oregon
0.507
$22.43
$46,660
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
0.265
$24.16
$50,260
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
0.33
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
$18.12
$37,690
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.221
$24.31
$50,570
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
0.254
$21.83
$45,410
Texas Flag
Texas
0.363
$30.28
$62,970
Utah Flag
Utah
0.211
$31.19
$64,880
Vermont Flag
Vermont
$20.93
$43,530
Virginia Flag
Virginia
0.272
$29.54
$61,450
Washington Flag
Washington
0.547
$24.82
$51,620
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
0.115
$18.19
$37,840
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
0.227
$23.07
$47,980
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
0.178
$24.84
$51,670

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Santa Barbara / Santa Maria / Goleta, – CA
0.41
$38.70
$80,490
San Francisco / San Mateo / Redwood City, – CA Metropolitan Division
0.90
$35.26
$73,340
Washington / Arlington / Alexandria, DC / VA / MD / WV, Metropolitan Division
0.52
$34.49
$71,750
Los Angeles / Long Beach / Glendale, CA – Metropolitan Division
0.37
$33.14
$68,930
San Jose / Sunnyvale / Santa Clara, CA
0.28
$33.10
$68,840

Top paying non-metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
North Central Colorado – nonmetropolitan area
1.23
$26.44
$55,000
Western Colorado – nonmetropolitan area
$24.40
$50,740
Sussex County, – Delaware – nonmetropolitan area
0.50
$23.86
$49,630
Western North Carolina – nonmetropolitan area
0.36
$22.75
$47,320
Northern Mountains Region – California – nonmetropolitan area
0.53
$22.60
$47,000

Interior Designer Job Outlook

The US Bureau of Labour Statistics report an expected 4% growth in the demand for interior designers between 2016 and 2026. 

Redesigning large public buildings and spaces such as hotels, hospitals, and schools are long-term funding projects. Offering stability during tough economic times, and the chance for interior designers to develop their craft.

Self-employed and freelance interior designers can secure job security by crafting a style of design unique to themselves. Often being hired especially to put their own stamp on a design job.

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