How Much Does An Interior Designer Make?

Making interior spaces look and feel safe, functional and beautiful is the work of interior designers. While visualization and technical skills are very important requirements for these professionals in the same manner that these are necessary for architects, interior designers also rely largely on their artistry and flair for comfort and design.

They typically come in the picture after architects and engineers have constructed the structure or when homeowners want to remodel their kitchen, living room or kids’ bedroom. Interior designers receive good pay and job opportunities are expected to be good in the next few years.

Average Interior Designer Annual Salary

$56,220

The average annual salary for interior designers is $56,220 a year. Salaries start at $26,260 a year and go up to $91,230 a year.

Average Interior Designer Hourly Wage

$27.03

The average hourly wage for a interior designer is $27.03. Hourly wages were between $12.62 and $43.86 an hour.

Stats were based out of 53,160 employed interior designers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Interior Designer

$91,230/year $43.86/hour

(Top 10% of Interior Designers)


Senior Interior Designer

$68,340/year $32.85/hour

(Top 25% of Interior Designers)


Mid Level Interior Designer

$49,810/year $23.95/hour

(Median)


Junior Interior Designer

$36,760/year $17.67/hour

(Bottom 25% of Interior Designers)


Entry Level Interior Designer

$26,260/year $12.62/hour

(Bottom 10% of Interior Designers)


Interior Designer Average Salary Comparison

Art Directors
$101k / year
$48 / hour
Fashion Designers
$76k / year
$36 / hour
Multimedia Artists and Animators
$72k / year
$34 / hour
Commercial and Industrial Designers
$70k / year
$34 / hour
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
$64k / year
$31 / hour
Designers, All Other
$63k / year
$30 / hour
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Set and Exhibit Designers
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Interior Designers
$56k / year
$27 / hour
Graphic Designers
$52k / year
$25 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Interior Designers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Interior Designers

Interior Designer Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 District of Columbia $38.92 $80,950
#2 Rhode Island $34.68 $72,130
#3 New York $31.61 $65,760
#4 California $31.22 $64,940
#5 Massachusetts $30.18 $62,780
#6 Connecticut $29.43 $61,220
#7 Alabama $29.34 $61,020
#8 Texas $29.26 $60,850
#9 Missouri $29.20 $60,730
#10 Hawaii $29.05 $60,430
#11 Illinois $28.19 $58,640
#12 Maryland $28.05 $58,350
#13 Washington $28.04 $58,320
#14 Colorado $28.01 $58,260
#15 Wyoming $26.80 $55,740
#16 Minnesota $26.37 $54,850
#17 Kentucky $26.17 $54,430
#18 Oregon $25.47 $52,980
#19 Virginia $25.29 $52,610
#20 Nevada $25.20 $52,410
#21 New Jersey $24.97 $51,930
#22 Arizona $24.65 $51,270
#23 Georgia $24.65 $51,280
#24 Indiana $24.45 $50,850
#25 New Mexico $24.43 $50,820
#26 Michigan $24.35 $50,640
#27 Pennsylvania $24.13 $50,180
#28 Florida $23.60 $49,090
#29 New Hampshire $23.38 $48,630
#30 North Carolina $23.37 $48,620
#31 Ohio $23.37 $48,600
#32 Delaware $23.21 $48,270
#33 North Dakota $23.16 $48,160
#34 South Dakota $23.02 $47,880
#35 Vermont $22.92 $47,680
#36 Alaska $22.77 $47,360
#37 Arkansas $22.21 $46,200
#38 Nebraska $22.03 $45,820
#39 Idaho $21.84 $45,430
#40 South Carolina $21.43 $44,580
#41 Tennessee $21.03 $43,740
#42 Maine $20.69 $43,030
#43 Louisiana $20.69 $43,040
#44 Kansas $20.67 $43,000
#45 West Virginia $20.45 $42,540
#46 Wisconsin $20.36 $42,350
#47 Mississippi $19.87 $41,330
#48 Oklahoma $19.79 $41,160
#49 Iowa $19.37 $40,280
#50 Montana $18.22 $37,890
#51 Puerto Rico $15.98 $33,240

Interior Designer Pay By State


Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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