Interior Designers Salary Information

The salary statistics of interior designers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of interior designers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The interior designers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Interior Designers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,260
25th Percentile Wage
$36,760
50th Percentile Wage
$49,810
75th Percentile Wage
$68,340
90th Percentile Wage
$91,230

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for interior designers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) interior designers is $91,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $49,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,260. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 247% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201649,8101.95%4.44%
201548,8400.90%-
201448,400-0.21%-
201348,5001.86%-
201247,600--

Table 2. Interior Designers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of interior designers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for interior designers occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $64,720. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $39,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$64,720
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$63,850
Finance and Insurance
$61,060
Educational Services
$60,190
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$59,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$58,690
Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,500
Information
$53,180
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$52,260
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,410
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,270
Construction
$50,870
Wholesale Trade
$50,760
Manufacturing
$47,620
Retail Trade
$39,930

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Interior Designers by States

From the above tables we note that not only interior designers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of interior designers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $25,520 to $72,320. The highest paying state for interior designers is Rhode Island with a median annual salary of $72,320. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $25,520. For more salary information of interior designers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Rhode Island
$72,320
District of Columbia
$68,280
Massachusetts
$60,330
New York
$60,180
California
$57,220
Utah
$56,950
Maryland
$56,050
Washington
$55,860
Hawaii
$55,080
Kentucky
$54,590
Texas
$50,810
Missouri
$50,720
Alabama
$50,230
Georgia
$49,890
Minnesota
$49,730
Illinois
$48,840
Nevada
$48,670
Pennsylvania
$48,560
Connecticut
$48,380
New Jersey
$48,010
Virginia
$47,670
Colorado
$46,770
Arizona
$46,480
Alaska
$46,360
Oregon
$46,300
Vermont
$46,190
North Carolina
$45,860
Ohio
$45,320
South Dakota
$45,310
Michigan
$44,560
Nebraska
$44,220
New Mexico
$43,890
Louisiana
$43,670
West Virginia
$43,640
Florida
$43,540
Delaware
$43,320
Kansas
$42,980
Idaho
$42,450
Indiana
$41,110
New Hampshire
$41,060
Maine
$40,580
Wisconsin
$39,900
North Dakota
$39,410
Tennessee
$39,350
Arkansas
$38,560
Iowa
$38,330
South Carolina
$37,810
Montana
$37,290
Oklahoma
$36,130
Mississippi
$28,080
Puerto Rico
$25,520


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