Median annual wages for interior designers were $44,950 in May 2008. The
middle 50 percent earned between $34,620 and $61,880. The lowest 10 percent
earned less than $27,230, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $82,750.
Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of interior
designers in May 2008 were:
and related services
|Specialized design services
|Building material and
Interior design salaries vary widely with the specialty, type of employer,
number of years of experience, and reputation of the individuals. Among salaried
interior designers, those in large specialized design and architectural firms
tend to earn higher and more stable salaries. Interior designers working in
retail stores usually earn a commission, which can be irregular.
For residential design projects, self-employed interior designers and those
working in smaller firms usually earn a per-hour consulting fee, plus a
percentage of the total cost of furniture, lighting, artwork, and other design
elements. For commercial projects, they might charge a per-hour consulting fee,
charge by the square footage, or charge a flat fee for the whole project. Also,
designers who use specialty contractors usually earn a percentage of the
contractor's earnings on the project in return for hiring the contractor.
Self-employed designers must provide their own benefits.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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