Pay for interior designers depends on the company they work for and how much experience they have.
Interior designers with one to five years' experience usually earn between $45,000 and $65,000 a year.
Senior interior designers with more than five years' experience usually earn between $65,000 and $95,000.
Self-employed interior designers may earn more than this.
Source : Hays, '2015 Hays Salary Guide', 2015.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Interior designers may do some or all of the following :
discuss design ideas and provide advice to clients
analyse clients' requirements
plan and design building interiors, rooms, shops, and residential and leisure spaces
plan interior infrastructure such as lighting, air-conditioning and communication cabling
prepare drawings, samples and decorating instructions
advise on hiring tradespeople
design furniture or fittings
work with architects and other contractors at the early stages of designing an interior space.
Skills and knowledge
Interior designers need to have :
knowledge of past and present styles of architecture, design and decorating
knowledge of interior materials such as paint, fabrics and glass
knowledge of building regulations
the ability to analyse client requirements and fit the design to a client (ergonomics)
design, drawing and presentation skills.
Interior designers :
usually work regular business hours, but may need to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines
work in design studios and on-site at private, public and commercial properties.
To become an interior designer you usually need a degree or diploma in interior design, spatial design or interior architecture.
Some employers may also accept people with degrees in related areas such as architecture or industrial design.
To enter tertiary training, a university entrance qualification is required. Useful subjects include art and art history, English, graphics, computing and maths.
Many tertiary providers require design students to present a portfolio of work when applying for a place on a course.
Interior designers need to be :
accurate, with an eye for detail
able to inspire confidence in their clients
able to accept criticism.
Useful experience for interior designers includes :
any work related to rebuilding or refitting building interiors
industrial design or other design work
architecture or architectural draughting work.