Interior designers

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2019 Workforce
84.3k
Average Age
43.3
Estimated Job Growth
−4.88%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$54,167
Average Male Salary
$60,057
Average Female Salary
$52,865

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Interior designers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Specialized design services is the industry that employs the most Interior designers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Interior designers, by average wage, is Lessors of real estate, and offices of real estate agents and brokers. Interior designers are paid most in Fulton County (Central)Atlanta City (North) PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$54,167
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,576

In 2019, Interior designers earned an average of $54,167, $1,357 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters make somewhat more than Interior designers while Archivists, curators, & museum technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Interior designers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.343
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Interior designers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.343, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Interior designers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Interior designers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Interior designers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Interior designers, by number of employees, are Specialized design services, Architectural, engineering & related services, and Furniture & home furnishings stores.

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Industries by Share

84.3k
2019 Workforce
± 7,125
4.54%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 11.6%

The number of people employed as Interior designers has been growing at a rate of 4.54%, from 80,615 people in 2018 to 84,276 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Interior designers employed by various industries. Specialized design services employs the largest share of Interior designers at  51.5%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 12.9% and Furniture & home furnishings stores with 11.4%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Interior designers in the US. The average age of male Interior designers in the workforce is 46.5 and of female Interior designers is 42.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Interior designers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

15.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,032
69k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,449

81.9% of Interior designers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Interior designers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Interior designers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

80.8% of Interior designers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 5.93% of Interior designers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Interior designers.

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Age by Gender

46.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.85
42.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.34

The median age of Interior designers is 43.3, and Male employees are generally 3.87 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Interior designers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Interior designers is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Interior designers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Projections

Projections on job growth for Interior Designers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Interior Designers are expected to see a growth of −4.88% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−4.88%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Interior Designers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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