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Interior Designers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for interior designers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of interior designers among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Interior Designers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,540
25th Percentile Wage
$42,770
50th Percentile Wage
$57,220
75th Percentile Wage
$75,990
90th Percentile Wage
$100,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for interior designers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $100,910. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $57,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,540.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.72
25th Percentile Wage
$20.56
50th Percentile Wage
$27.51
75th Percentile Wage
$36.54
90th Percentile Wage
$48.52

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for interior designers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $48.52. The median hourly salary is $27.51. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.72.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of interior designers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,2202.83%-3.11%
201555,6001.06%-
201455,010-5.05%-
201357,790-2.09%-
201259,000--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Interior Designers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of interior designers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of interior designers in state of California ranges from $39,940 to $74,750. The highest paying area for interior designers in California is Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta with a median annual salary of $74,750. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura (mean annual salary $69,990). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $39,940.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$74,750
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$69,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$62,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$62,690
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$62,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$60,920
Salinas
$59,850
Modesto
$55,770
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$55,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$54,050
Fresno
$53,700
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$52,890
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$51,470
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$50,650
Bakersfield-Delano
$49,460
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$46,680
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$43,460
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$39,940


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