A high salary does not necessarily mean high satisfaction.

After graduation, interior design graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $75,353, while the bottom 20% make closer to $31,283. The median grad salary is $48,552.

Interior Design graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in interior design is $32,232, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $46,128.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for interior design graduates

The highest paying careers for interior design graduates are fashion designer, architect, interior designer and drafter, with top salaries averaging around $65,955.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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