Interior designer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Interior designer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $71,410
Alabama $47,274
Arkansas $62,970
Arizona $46,480
California $60,360
Colorado $47,580
Connecticut $48,380
District of Columbia $73,010
Delaware $59,870
Florida $46,750
Georgia $48,730
Hawaii $66,370
Iowa $45,015
Idaho $54,380
Illinois $52,150
Indiana $41,243
Kansas $54,258
Kentucky $52,590
Louisiana $37,630
Massachusetts $62,840
Maryland $58,290
Maine $49,430
Michigan $46,320
Minnesota $56,410
Missouri $52,160
Mississippi $40,480
Montana $58,220
North Carolina $51,270
North Dakota $46,140
Nebraska $44,690
New Hampshire $50,860
New Jersey $57,980
New Mexico $47,340
Nevada $54,670
New York $62,760
Ohio $51,050
Oklahoma $45,680
Oregon $52,600
Pennsylvania $51,686
Puerto Rico $40,680
Rhode Island $70,010
South Carolina $42,780
South Dakota $46,700
Tennessee $45,910
Texas $51,630
Utah $49,300
Virginia $50,380
Vermont $48,580
Washington $59,680
Wisconsin $46,060
West Virginia $44,010
Wyoming $57,040

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 New Jersey. On average, they make less than real estate appraisers but more than insurance appraisers.

Career Median Salary
Real estate appraiser salary $64K
Executive assistant salary $68K
Funeral director salary $72K
Correctional officer salary $72K
Fashion designer salary $59K
Interior designer salary $58K
Social worker salary $66K
Librarian salary $64K
Family social worker salary $64K
Insurance appraiser salary $68K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)