What does an Interior Designer do?

As an Interior Designer you will plan the design of living and commercial environments including structural alterations, furnishing, fixtures, lighting and color schemes. The position combines the efficient and functional use of space with an understanding of aesthetics. As an Interior Designer you will develop initial ideas and acquire key information about potential projects, understand clients needs and building usage.

An ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in fine arts or related field and a minimum of 3 years as a junior designer. You will be proficient in CAD, be able to use a MAC and be well versed in design and 3D awareness. You will have experience in design consultancy and a mastery with visualizing concepts and explain it to others. You will need to travel to visit client sites.

  • Determine scope of work
  • Negotiate fees clients and vendors
  • Set project schedules
  • Research plans to ensure they are technically feasible
  • Produce rough sketches and storyboards
  • Use CAD software to develop detailed designs
  • Select appropriate material for the design and budget
  • Advise clients on project progress
  • Proficient in CAD
  • 3+ years of experience as a junior designer
  • Well versed in design and 3D awareness
  • Mastery with visualizing concepts and explaining to others
  • Able to use a MAC
  • Experience in design consultancy
  • Skilled at inspecting and surveying buildings
  • Forward thinking in design concepts
  • Willingness to travel to client sites_
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Interior Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$53,412 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$38K
Median: $53K
$76K
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Interior Designer Career Path

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Interior Designer Insights

Read what Interior Designer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Invento RoboticsInvento Robotics
Design Consultant
Aug. 21, 2021

“You'll get to be part of teams and projects which are highly mission critical.”

Dreamstyle RemodelingDreamstyle Remodeling
Sales Design Consultant
Jan. 15, 2022

“So good “commission and pay” at least what they say but you won’t actually see any of that money.”

Kiva DesignKiva Design
Interior Designer
Jan. 27, 2021

“The people are really nice and you get to be involved in all aspects of an active design project.”

LivSpaceLivSpace
Interior Designer
Jul. 27, 2019

“It's a amazing place to work and explore new aspects to the word Interior.”

JNID Studios
Interior Designer
Aug. 13, 2019

“My schedule is flexible and I enjoy getting paid overtime when I work long hours.”

Floor and DecorFloor and Decor
Design Consultant
Dec. 28, 2019

“The initial pay was low for what I was needed to compensate my bills with.”

West Shore HomeWest Shore Home
Design Consultant
Feb. 17, 2020

“West shore rewards your work with not only consistent compensation but most importantly with reciprocated respect.”

Aertsen LivingAertsen Living
Interior Designer
Jan. 4, 2021

“4. Opportunity to directly interact with clients which a traditional design studio cannot offer.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an interior designer

When working as an interior designer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are AutoCAD, Indesign Photoshop, Revit, Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.

The most similar professions to interior designer are:
  • Product Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Creative Manager
  • Designer

The most common qualifications to become an interior designer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.