If youíre an interior designer looking to increase your salary you might want to consider moving to Washington, DC. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that interior designers, defined as those who plan, design and furnish interiors of residential, commercial or industrial buildings, or formulate design that is practical, aesthetic and conducive to intended purposes, make the highest annual mean wage there.
According to the bureauís May 2006 figures, District of Columbia interior designers report an annual mean wage of nearly $64,000. Better yet, it reports only about 500 interior designers employed there.
That would be especially enticing if you are currently working in, say, Florida, where there are more than 5,000 interior designers employed making an annual mean wage of only about $47,000.
And if youíre not inclined to move to the District of Columbia? How about Grand Rapids, MI? As a specific metropolitan statistical area (MSA), Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI, reports the highest annual mean wage for interior designers at more than $94,000, according to the bureau.
Thatís a good wage by any measure. A much more recent survey conducted by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and reported by Christine M. Piotrowski, ASID, IIDA, in its January/February 2008 issue of Icon, shows half of its respondents report annual salary earnings of less than $75,000.