How Much Do Interior Designers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Interior Designers

Interior Designers plan, design, and furnish the internal space of rooms or buildings. Design interior environments or create physical layouts that are practical, aesthetic, and conducive to the intended purposes. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$61400 per year
Hourly wage
$30 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,020 to $43,570 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $21 per hour

Entry-level Interior Designers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,020 to $43,570 per year or $16 to $21 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Interior Designers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $47 $97,920
Senior (Top 25%) $36 $74,720
Middle (Mid 50%) $27 $57,060
Junior (Bottom 25%) $21 $43,570
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,020

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AR $36 $73,840
DC $35 $72,750
NY $34 $71,240
CA $34 $70,310
MA $32 $67,440
CT $32 $66,240
RI $32 $66,130
GA $31 $65,280
AK $31 $65,090
NH $31 $64,910

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Interior Designer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AR doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AR might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Interior Designers are in the states of AR, DC, NY, CA and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $85300 $41.01
Management of Companies and Enterprises $71310 $34.28
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $68000 $32.69
State Government $67910 $32.65
Building Equipment Contractors $67670 $32.54
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $67390 $32.40
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $67160 $32.29
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $67140 $32.28
Employment Services $66650 $32.05
Warehousing and Storage $65850 $31.66
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $65380 $31.43
Nonresidential Building Construction $63200 $30.38
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $61840 $29.73
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $61170 $29.41
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $60440 $29.06
Rental and Leasing Services $60180 $28.93
Specialized Design Services $59840 $28.77
Real Estate $59110 $28.42
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $58840 $28.29
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance $58810 $28.28
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $58790 $28.27
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $57590 $27.69
Residential Building Construction $56240 $27.04
Miscellaneous Store Retailers $55050 $26.47
Building Finishing Contractors $54430 $26.17
Building Material and Supplies Dealers $54070 $25.99
Home Furnishings Stores $53280 $25.62
Furniture Stores $52820 $25.39
Textile Furnishings Mills $51970 $24.99
Office Administrative Services $49780 $23.93

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