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Interior Designers Pay Salary

The median annual wage of interior designers was $46,280 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,380, and the top 10 percent earned more than $84,900.

As shown in the tabulation below, median annual wage for interior designers in architectural, engineering, and related services was $51,990 in May 2010, the highest among those industries employing much of the occupation.

Architectural, engineering, and related services$51,990
Specialized design services45,280
Furniture and home furnishings stores40,320
Building material and supplies dealers38,720

Most interior designers work full time. They may need to adjust their workday to suit their clients’ schedules and deadlines, meeting with clients during evening and weekend hours when necessary. Interior designers also travel to the clients’ design sites.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition