Interior designer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Interior designer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
District of Columbia $73,010
Rhode Island $70,010
California $60,360
Arkansas $62,970
New York $62,760
Massachusetts $62,840
Maryland $58,290
Hawaii $66,370
Washington $59,680
Utah $49,300
Minnesota $56,410
Missouri $52,160
Wyoming $57,040
Delaware $59,870
Colorado $47,580
Montana $58,220
New Jersey $54,210
Alabama $50,140
Pennsylvania $54,680
South Dakota $46,700
Oregon $52,600
Mississippi $40,480
Nevada $54,670
Texas $51,630
Ohio $51,050
North Carolina $51,270
Kansas $50,100
Idaho $45,760
New Hampshire $50,860
Georgia $48,730
Vermont $48,580
Virginia $50,380
Kentucky $47,020
West Virginia $44,010
New Mexico $47,340
Illinois $49,690
Michigan $46,320
Florida $46,750
Tennessee $45,910
North Dakota $46,140
South Carolina $42,780
Oklahoma $45,680
Wisconsin $46,060
Maine $49,430
Nebraska $44,690
Iowa $42,690
Indiana $42,290
Louisiana $37,630
Puerto Rico $40,680

How much does an Interior Designer earn?

If you are a recent college graduate, consider applying for entry-level and assistant interior design positions in order to develop the skill sets necessary and gain practical experience in the industry. These types of positions will allow an individual to move into higher salaried positions as they develop their career.

Because there are so many different areas of interior design, interior designer salaries can vary wildly. Job prospects should be better in high-income areas, because "wealthy clients are more likely than others to engage in remodeling and renovating their homes," the BLS reports. The BLS also found that, in general, the highest-paying employer of interior designers was the federal government, since jobs through the government require planning the layouts of government buildings to maximize safety, energy use, and the flow of people through the rooms. Specialized design firms also pay higher interior designer salaries, and they employ the majority of interior designers in the United States. Those who specialize in particular areas, such as kitchens and baths, may see greater prospects as well.

How do interior designer salaries compare to similar careers?

Interior designers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than embalmers but more than videographers.

Career Median Salary
Embalmer salary $44K
Sculptor salary $30K
Model maker salary $39K
Locksmith salary $33K
Ski patroller salary $29K
Interior designer salary $37K
Translator salary $35K
Gem worker salary $39K
Precious metal worker salary $39K
Videographer salary $35K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)