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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
61,970 2.4 % $ 30.08 $ 62,570 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Interior Designers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.87 $ 22.32 $ 29.01 $ 37.35 $ 47.63
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,930 $ 46,420 $ 60,340 $ 77,700 $ 99,070


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 22,490 16.60 $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,200 0.81 $ 34.21 $ 71,150
Furniture Stores 6,590 3.13 $ 27.64 $ 57,500
Residential Building Construction 3,710 0.44 $ 26.44 $ 55,000
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 3,170 0.23 $ 31.70 $ 65,930

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 22,490 16.60 $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Furniture Stores 6,590 3.13 $ 27.64 $ 57,500
Home Furnishings Stores 2,510 1.11 $ 24.23 $ 50,390
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,200 0.81 $ 34.21 $ 71,150
Residential Building Construction 3,710 0.44 $ 26.44 $ 55,000

Top paying industries for Interior Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 70 0.01 $ 63.17 $ 131,390
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 400 0.02 $ 41.91 $ 87,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 100 (7) $ 38.77 $ 80,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,960 0.08 $ 38.26 $ 79,590
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) $ 36.71 $ 76,350


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.



Map of employment of interior designers by state, May 2021


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 8,330 0.50 1.15 $ 33.79 $ 70,290
Florida 6,470 0.75 1.71 $ 29.14 $ 60,600
New York 6,110 0.71 1.60 $ 34.72 $ 72,220
Texas 4,690 0.38 0.87 $ 28.54 $ 59,370
Illinois 2,390 0.43 0.97 $ 30.42 $ 63,270


Map of location quotient of interior designers by state, May 2021


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 690 1.05 2.38 $ 38.18 $ 79,420
Florida 6,470 0.75 1.71 $ 29.14 $ 60,600
Colorado 1,950 0.75 1.70 $ 32.15 $ 66,880
New York 6,110 0.71 1.60 $ 34.72 $ 72,220
Montana 290 0.61 1.39 $ 21.72 $ 45,190


Map of annual mean wages of interior designers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Interior Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 690 1.05 2.38 $ 38.18 $ 79,420
Rhode Island 130 0.28 0.64 $ 37.14 $ 77,250
Massachusetts 1,870 0.55 1.25 $ 35.16 $ 73,140
New York 6,110 0.71 1.60 $ 34.72 $ 72,220
California 8,330 0.50 1.15 $ 33.79 $ 70,290



Map of employment of interior designers by area, May 2021


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 5,670 0.65 1.49 $ 34.80 $ 72,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,450 0.60 1.37 $ 33.04 $ 68,730
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,600 1.06 2.41 $ 30.81 $ 64,070
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,080 0.49 1.12 $ 31.31 $ 65,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,930 0.86 1.96 $ 39.07 $ 81,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,850 0.51 1.17 $ 29.01 $ 60,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,680 0.57 1.30 $ 33.68 $ 70,060
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,650 0.64 1.45 $ 36.09 $ 75,060
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,650 0.64 1.45 $ 26.55 $ 55,220
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,330 0.91 2.07 $ 33.05 $ 68,740


Map of location quotient of interior designers by area, May 2021


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 360 2.49 5.65 $ 36.41 $ 75,740
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 490 2.02 4.58 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,600 1.06 2.41 $ 30.81 $ 64,070
St. George, UT 80 1.03 2.35 $ 23.30 $ 48,470
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 270 0.93 2.12 $ 23.03 $ 47,900
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,330 0.91 2.07 $ 33.05 $ 68,740
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 230 0.88 2.00 $ 30.12 $ 62,650
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 40 0.87 1.98 $ 23.99 $ 49,900
Wilmington, NC 110 0.87 1.97 $ 22.73 $ 47,290
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 320 0.86 1.96 $ 29.97 $ 62,340


Map of annual mean wages of interior designers by area, May 2021


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)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 190 0.46 1.05 $ 39.51 $ 82,180
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,930 0.86 1.96 $ 39.07 $ 81,260
Savannah, GA 40 0.22 0.50 $ 38.62 $ 80,320
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.31 0.70 $ 37.72 $ 78,460
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 360 2.49 5.65 $ 36.41 $ 75,740
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,650 0.64 1.45 $ 36.09 $ 75,060
Boulder, CO 120 0.65 1.48 $ 35.63 $ 74,110
Syracuse, NY 100 0.37 0.84 $ 35.42 $ 73,670
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 40 0.27 0.61 $ 35.10 $ 73,000
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,670 0.65 1.49 $ 34.80 $ 72,390

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.27 2.88 (8) (8)
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 1.90 $ 30.23 $ 62,870
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 0.64 $ 25.79 $ 53,640
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 0.60 $ 26.98 $ 56,120
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 1.19 $ 27.96 $ 58,160

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.27 2.88 (8) (8)
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 1.90 $ 30.23 $ 62,870
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 0.71 1.61 $ 30.36 $ 63,150
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 1.37 $ 29.74 $ 61,850
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 1.27 (8) (8)

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 (8) (8) (8) $ 31.68 $ 65,900
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.50 1.13 $ 30.63 $ 63,700
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 0.71 1.61 $ 30.36 $ 63,150
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.84 1.90 $ 30.23 $ 62,870
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 1.37 $ 29.74 $ 61,850


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022