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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Interior Designers
Industry profile for Interior Designers
Geographic profile for Interior Designers

National estimates for Interior Designers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Interior Designers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
59,170 3.2 % $ 29.52 $ 61,400 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Interior Designers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.88 $ 20.95 $ 27.43 $ 35.93 $ 47.08
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,020 $ 43,570 $ 57,060 $ 74,720 $ 97,920


Industry profile for Interior Designers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Interior Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 20,880 15.47 $ 28.77 $ 59,840
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,950 1.00 $ 32.69 $ 68,000
Furniture Stores 3,800 2.02 $ 25.39 $ 52,820
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 3,650 0.27 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Residential Building Construction 2,990 0.37 $ 27.04 $ 56,240

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Interior Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 20,880 15.47 $ 28.77 $ 59,840
Furniture Stores 3,800 2.02 $ 25.39 $ 52,820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,950 1.00 $ 32.69 $ 68,000
Home Furnishings Stores 1,730 0.84 $ 25.62 $ 53,280
Residential Building Construction 2,990 0.37 $ 27.04 $ 56,240

Top paying industries for Interior Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 380 0.02 $ 41.01 $ 85,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,750 0.07 $ 34.28 $ 71,310
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,950 1.00 $ 32.69 $ 68,000
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) $ 32.65 $ 67,910
Building Equipment Contractors 130 0.01 $ 32.54 $ 67,670


Geographic profile for Interior Designers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Interior Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,480 0.58 1.36 $ 33.80 $ 70,310
Texas 5,080 0.42 0.99 $ 28.34 $ 58,940
Florida 4,700 0.56 1.31 $ 25.63 $ 53,310
New York 4,490 0.52 1.22 $ 34.25 $ 71,240
Colorado 2,200 0.85 2.00 $ 28.98 $ 60,280




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Interior Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 810 1.18 2.77 $ 34.98 $ 72,750
Colorado 2,200 0.85 2.00 $ 28.98 $ 60,280
Minnesota 1,690 0.62 1.46 $ 30.04 $ 62,480
Rhode Island 260 0.58 1.36 $ 31.79 $ 66,130
California 9,480 0.58 1.36 $ 33.80 $ 70,310




Top paying states for Interior Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 570 0.48 1.14 $ 35.50 $ 73,840
District of Columbia 810 1.18 2.77 $ 34.98 $ 72,750
New York 4,490 0.52 1.22 $ 34.25 $ 71,240
California 9,480 0.58 1.36 $ 33.80 $ 70,310
Massachusetts 1,610 0.48 1.13 $ 32.42 $ 67,440





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Interior Designers:

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 4,770 0.54 1.27 $ 34.10 $ 70,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,690 0.81 1.89 $ 32.89 $ 68,420
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,570 1.10 2.60 $ 36.68 $ 76,290
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,930 0.54 1.26 $ 27.84 $ 57,900
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,730 0.40 0.93 $ 26.32 $ 54,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,700 0.65 1.52 $ 32.52 $ 67,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,670 0.55 1.30 $ 32.18 $ 66,940
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,570 0.63 1.47 $ 25.88 $ 53,840
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,550 1.06 2.50 $ 29.70 $ 61,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,520 0.51 1.20 $ 30.25 $ 62,920




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Interior Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 330 2.27 5.34 $ 27.51 $ 57,220
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 480 1.95 4.60 $ 37.86 $ 78,750
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,570 1.10 2.60 $ 36.68 $ 76,290
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,550 1.06 2.50 $ 29.70 $ 61,780
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,070 0.90 2.11 $ 24.60 $ 51,170
St. George, UT 60 0.89 2.09 $ 14.48 $ 30,120
Portland-South Portland, ME 160 0.83 1.94 $ 29.10 $ 60,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,510 0.82 1.92 $ 30.49 $ 63,420
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 210 0.81 1.90 $ 26.17 $ 54,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,690 0.81 1.89 $ 32.89 $ 68,420




Top paying metropolitan areas for Interior Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 170 0.15 0.36 $ 39.12 $ 81,370
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 38.47 $ 80,020
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 480 1.95 4.60 $ 37.86 $ 78,750
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,570 1.10 2.60 $ 36.68 $ 76,290
Barnstable Town, MA 70 0.71 1.66 $ 36.58 $ 76,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 300 0.20 0.47 $ 34.68 $ 72,140
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.27 0.63 $ 34.58 $ 71,930
Trenton, NJ 30 0.15 0.35 $ 34.32 $ 71,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,120 0.42 0.98 $ 34.22 $ 71,180
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,770 0.54 1.27 $ 34.10 $ 70,930

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Interior Designers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 2.04 4.79 $ 32.51 $ 67,620
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 100 1.85 4.35 (8) (8)
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 80 0.24 0.57 $ 24.10 $ 50,120
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 1.17 $ 27.20 $ 56,590
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 0.93 $ 27.08 $ 56,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Interior Designers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 2.04 4.79 $ 32.51 $ 67,620
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 100 1.85 4.35 (8) (8)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 1.46 $ 24.18 $ 50,280
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.33 $ 16.06 $ 33,390
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 1.17 $ 27.20 $ 56,590

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Interior Designers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 2.04 4.79 $ 32.51 $ 67,620
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 0.97 $ 31.93 $ 66,410
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 1.13 $ 31.03 $ 64,540
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.48 $ 29.24 $ 60,830
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 1.17 $ 27.20 $ 56,590


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021