Interior Designer

Quick Facts: Interior Designers
2012 Median Pay $47,600 per year
$22.89 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 54,900
Job Outlook, 2012-22 13% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 7,000

What Interior Designers Do

Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations.

Work Environment

Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for architectural, engineering, and related services industries. In 2012, about 25 percent were self-employed.

How to Become an Interior Designer

Interior designers usually need a bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior design.


The median annual wage for interior designers was $47,600 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of interior designers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Designers will be needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly and more easily accessible.

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