Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

27-1025 Interior Designers

Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design. Excludes "Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers" (27-1026).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
40,750 2.7 % $25.47 $52,970 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.34 $16.78 $22.89 $31.89 $41.78
Annual Wage (2) $25,670 $34,910 $47,600 $66,330 $86,900


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 16,250 13.97 $26.01 $54,090
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,650 0.67 $27.99 $58,230
Furniture Stores 3,160 1.48 $21.04 $43,770
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 1,880 0.18 $21.68 $45,090
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1,780 1.88 $26.05 $54,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 16,250 13.97 $26.01 $54,090
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1,780 1.88 $26.05 $54,170
Furniture Stores 3,160 1.48 $21.04 $43,770
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,650 0.67 $27.99 $58,230
Home Furnishings Stores 1,390 0.60 $21.06 $43,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $35.38 $73,590
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) (8) (8) $33.08 $68,810
Lessors of Real Estate 30 0.01 $32.87 $68,370
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 40 0.01 $32.44 $67,470
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 60 0.02 $30.89 $64,250


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,540 0.46 1.46 $28.89 $60,100
Texas 3,140 0.30 0.95 $24.07 $50,060
New York 3,090 0.36 1.16 $30.69 $63,830
Florida 2,930 0.40 1.29 $21.89 $45,530
Georgia 1,620 0.42 1.36 $22.50 $46,810




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 550 0.84 2.68 $32.13 $66,830
Connecticut 920 0.57 1.82 $30.75 $63,960
California 6,540 0.46 1.46 $28.89 $60,100
Colorado 990 0.44 1.42 $25.91 $53,890
Maryland 1,050 0.42 1.33 $23.17 $48,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 550 0.84 2.68 $32.13 $66,830
Rhode Island 90 0.21 0.66 $31.70 $65,930
Massachusetts 1,120 0.35 1.12 $31.10 $64,690
Connecticut 920 0.57 1.82 $30.75 $63,960
New York 3,090 0.36 1.16 $30.69 $63,830





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,540 0.49 1.57 $31.70 $65,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.47 1.50 $29.95 $62,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,330 0.59 1.88 $23.27 $48,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.51 1.64 $31.14 $64,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.32 1.01 $28.57 $59,430
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,140 1.13 3.63 $34.42 $71,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.50 1.59 $25.38 $52,780
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 950 0.68 2.16 $24.33 $50,600
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 940 0.36 1.14 $26.72 $55,580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.66 2.11 $29.68 $61,740




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,140 1.13 3.63 $34.42 $71,590
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 320 0.76 2.44 $31.16 $64,820
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 280 0.76 2.43 $17.80 $37,020
Naples-Marco Island, FL 90 0.75 2.41 $29.93 $62,260
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 170 0.71 2.26 $20.73 $43,130
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 950 0.68 2.16 $24.33 $50,600
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 930 0.66 2.11 $29.68 $61,740
Savannah, GA 90 0.64 2.05 $20.56 $42,770
Bismarck, ND 40 0.60 1.91 $15.49 $32,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,330 0.59 1.88 $23.27 $48,400




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,140 1.13 3.63 $34.42 $71,590
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 60 0.37 1.18 $33.25 $69,160
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $32.10 $66,770
Columbus, OH 230 0.25 0.80 $31.96 $66,480
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 830 0.48 1.55 $31.84 $66,230
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,540 0.49 1.57 $31.70 $65,930
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 110 0.39 1.25 $31.65 $65,840
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 100 0.19 0.59 $31.64 $65,810
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 70 0.40 1.27 $31.58 $65,690
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 320 0.76 2.44 $31.16 $64,820

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 2.32 7.41 $21.87 $45,500
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.41 1.32 $23.75 $49,390
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 0.96 $21.97 $45,690
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 50 0.77 2.46 (8) (8)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.45 $18.15 $37,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 2.32 7.41 $21.87 $45,500
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 30 2.19 7.00 $31.44 $65,400
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 50 0.77 2.46 (8) (8)
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 1.54 $21.15 $44,000
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.46 1.48 $21.49 $44,700

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 30 2.19 7.00 $31.44 $65,400
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 1.42 $27.82 $57,870
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.70 $26.13 $54,360
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.12 0.39 $24.32 $50,590
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.41 1.32 $23.75 $49,390


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013