Interior Designer Salary

Find out what to expect in an interior design salary.

If there is a theme for aspiring interior designers to note, it's this: an interior design career offers many rewards (financial and otherwise), but you have to be willing to pay your dues in entry-level jobs before you work your way up.

Interior Designer Salaries by Top 5 Industries

Most people think of interior designers as self-employed professionals (about 25 percent are) who help couples and families re-design and re-furnish the interior of their homes. But interior designers work in  larger capacity and actually cross all types of industries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook lists the median annual salaries for interior designers in the top five industries where they work:

Industry Median Annual Salary
Architectural and engineering Firms $54,360
Wholesalers of durable goods $48,550
Specialized design firms $47,090
Construction industry $44,320
Retail furniture stores $39,930

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Job Growth and Outlook for Interior Designers

The BLS predicts a 13 percent job growth for interior designers through 2022. Considering the national average for all occupations is 11 percent, this equates to as fast as average. About 4 percent of designers work in construction related industries and since construction is anticipated to grow, these professionals will see solid job growth.

Interior designers who specialize in a particular area of the industry, such as kitchens, bathrooms or in sustainable interior design, could benefit from being an expert and may use their knowledge of products and standards to better help customers and clients fulfill their needs,