Interior Designers and Decorators


Overview

Introduction

Interior designers and interior decorators evaluate, plan, and design the interior areas of residential, commercial, and industrial structures. In addition to helping clients select equipment and fixtures, these professionals supervise the coordination of colors and materials, obtain estimates and costs within the client's budget, and oversee the execution and installation of the project. They also often advise clients on architectural requirements, space planning, and the function and purpose of the environment.

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Median Salary

$56,040

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

One to three years assisting an experienced designer or decorator


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Skills

Drawing/Design


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Personality Traits

Artistic

Earnings

Interior designers earned median annual salaries of $56,040 in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $96,470, while the lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $31,970 annually. The DOL reports the following mean salaries for interior designers by specialty: architectural and engineering services, $66,2...

Work Environment

Working conditions for interior designers and decorators vary, depending on where they are employed. While professionals usually have an office or a studio, they may spend the day at a department store, architecture firm, or construction site working with the decorating materials sold by the firm and the clients who have purchased them. In addition, designers often go onsite to consult with and...

Outlook

Employment for interior designers and decorators is expected to grow by 4 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or about as fast as the average for all careers. The services of design professionals are in many ways a luxury, the job outlook is heavily dependent on the economy. In times of prosperity, there is a steady increase in jobs. When the economy slows dow...

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