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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

27-1025 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. 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)
60,650 2.9 % $29.32 $60,990 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.37 $20.32 $26.94 $35.33 $46.38
Annual Wage (2) $31,970 $42,260 $56,040 $73,490 $96,470


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 21,200 14.62 $29.56 $61,480
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 15,400 1.03 $31.86 $66,260
Furniture Stores 4,270 1.92 $25.91 $53,890
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 3,810 0.27 $27.34 $56,860
Residential Building Construction 2,920 0.36 $26.98 $56,120

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 21,200 14.62 $29.56 $61,480
Furniture Stores 4,270 1.92 $25.91 $53,890
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 15,400 1.03 $31.86 $66,260
Home Furnishings Stores 2,560 1.00 $22.96 $47,770
Residential Building Construction 2,920 0.36 $26.98 $56,120

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) 360 0.02 $39.19 $81,510
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 380 0.06 $38.93 $80,970
Employment Services 130 (7) $33.66 $70,020
Warehousing and Storage (8) (8) $33.49 $69,660
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses (8) (8) $33.29 $69,230


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 9,420 0.54 1.31 $34.10 $70,920
New York 5,250 0.55 1.34 $33.15 $68,940
Texas 4,830 0.39 0.94 $28.25 $58,750
Florida 4,410 0.50 1.21 $25.40 $52,820
Colorado 2,370 0.88 2.14 $27.76 $57,740




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 690 0.95 2.31 (8) (8)
Rhode Island 430 0.88 2.14 $35.19 $73,190
Colorado 2,370 0.88 2.14 $27.76 $57,740
Minnesota 1,800 0.63 1.51 $30.08 $62,560
North Dakota 240 0.56 1.35 $22.60 $47,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 430 0.88 2.14 $35.19 $73,190
Arizona 1,100 0.38 0.93 $34.25 $71,250
California 9,420 0.54 1.31 $34.10 $70,920
Arkansas 330 0.27 0.66 $33.66 $70,020
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $33.31 $69,280





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,570 0.58 1.40 $32.85 $68,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,480 0.72 1.74 $36.38 $75,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,590 1.05 2.54 $34.73 $72,240
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,050 0.44 1.06 $25.97 $54,010
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,010 0.55 1.33 $27.20 $56,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,730 0.63 1.53 $29.50 $61,370
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,730 1.14 2.77 $28.05 $58,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,620 0.51 1.23 $31.30 $65,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,570 0.80 1.93 $30.91 $64,290
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,520 0.57 1.39 $26.35 $54,800




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)
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 350 2.33 5.63 $25.98 $54,040
Savannah, GA 240 1.34 3.24 $20.81 $43,270
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,730 1.14 2.77 $28.05 $58,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,590 1.05 2.54 $34.73 $72,240
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 280 1.02 2.47 $27.49 $57,180
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 140 0.94 2.29 $20.37 $42,370
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 120 0.89 2.15 $21.56 $44,850
Sioux Falls, SD 140 0.88 2.14 $29.26 $60,870
Madison, WI 330 0.83 2.00 $20.17 $41,960
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 200 0.81 1.97 $40.75 $84,750




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)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 200 0.81 1.97 $40.75 $84,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,480 0.72 1.74 $36.38 $75,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,590 1.05 2.54 $34.73 $72,240
Danbury, CT 30 0.40 0.97 $34.69 $72,140
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 450 0.78 1.90 $34.63 $72,030
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 750 0.54 1.32 $34.26 $71,270
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL (8) (8) (8) $34.24 $71,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 170 0.15 0.36 $34.11 $70,950
Huntsville, AL 50 0.23 0.57 $33.63 $69,950
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,570 0.58 1.40 $32.85 $68,330

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 1.38 3.35 $34.21 $71,150
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.63 1.52 $27.96 $58,160
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 90 0.25 0.62 $22.62 $47,040
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 70 1.10 2.67 $36.14 $75,160
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 1.51 $20.29 $42,200

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 1.38 3.35 $34.21 $71,150
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 70 1.10 2.67 $36.14 $75,160
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.63 1.52 $27.96 $58,160
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 1.51 $20.29 $42,200
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.97 $20.26 $42,150

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)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 70 1.10 2.67 $36.14 $75,160
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 170 1.38 3.35 $34.21 $71,150
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 0.82 $33.73 $70,150
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.37 $30.94 $64,360
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.32 $58,910


About May 2019 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020