Interior Designers
SOC: 27-1025.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
58,900 employed

Projected (2024):
61,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Kitchen Designer
  • Color and Materials Designer
  • Color Expert
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Decorating Consultant
  • Decorator
  • Design Assistant
  • Design Consultant
  • Designer
  • Director of Interiors
  • Environmental Designer
  • Furniture Arranger
  • Home Decorator
  • Home Designer
  • Home Lighting Adviser
  • House Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Design Assistant
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Interior Design Coordinator
  • Interior Design Director
  • Interior Designer
  • Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Residential Designer
  • Room Designer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Estimate material requirements and costs, and present design to client for approval.
  • Confer with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function.
  • Advise client on interior design factors such as space planning, layout and use of furnishings or equipment, and color coordination.
  • Select or design, and purchase furnishings, art works, and accessories.
  • Formulate environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or selling merchandise.
  • Subcontract fabrication, installation, and arrangement of carpeting, fixtures, accessories, draperies, paint and wall coverings, art work, furniture, and related items.
  • Render design ideas in form of paste-ups or drawings.
  • Plan and design interior environments for boats, planes, buses, trains, and other enclosed spaces.
  • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
  • Review and detail shop drawings for construction plans.
  • Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Architects' scales
  • Computer aided design CAD multi-unit display graphics cards
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital tape measures
  • Drafting scales
  • Drafting triangles
  • Electronic scales
  • Graphics tablets
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Plotters
  • Precision tape measures
  • Print servers
  • Protractors
  • Scanners
  • T squares
  • Tablet computers
  • Three-dimensional laser digitizers
  • Triangles
  • 20-20 Technologies 20-20 Design
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Autodesk Architectural Desktop
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture
  • Autodesk VIZ
  • AutoDesSys form Z
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Email software
  • Google SketchUp software
  • Graphisoft ArchiCAD
  • IBM Notes
  • iPhotoMEASURE software
  • MAXON CINEMA 4D software
  • McNeel Rhino software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Vectorworks Designer
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980