Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

27-1025 Interior Designers

Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design. Exclude "Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers" (27-1026).

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
46,240 4.3 % $21.39 $44,480 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.64 $14.33 $19.29 $26.02 $34.03
Annual Wage (2) $22,130 $29,800 $40,120 $54,120 $70,790

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Specialized design services 15,790 $22.37 $46,530 1 19
Architectural and engineering services 7,920 $21.75 $45,230 2 22
Furniture stores 6,700 $20.22 $42,060 3 28
Home furnishings stores 1,650 $17.02 $35,400 4 42
Furniture and furnishing merchant wholesalers 1,410 $20.76 $43,190 5 26

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers (6) $32.46 $67,510 (6) 1
Management and technical consulting services (6) $30.27 $62,950 (6) 2
Federal government (OES designation) 210 $29.98 $62,350 10 3
Electronic shopping and mail-order houses 50 $27.20 $56,580 27 4
Depository credit intermediation 50 $26.86 $55,870 26 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Georgia 2,390 $21.62 $44,970 0.063% 204
Florida 4,500 $21.44 $44,600 0.063% 209
Illinois 2,530 $19.53 $40,620 0.044% 302
Rhode Island 200 $22.33 $46,450 0.042% 175
Connecticut 690 $25.51 $53,060 0.042% 179

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Colorado (6) $30.33 $63,090 (6) 87
District of Columbia 170 $29.80 $61,990 0.029% 107
Connecticut 690 $25.51 $53,060 0.042% 179
New York 2,460 $25.27 $52,570 0.030% 228
Nevada 360 $24.58 $51,120 0.034% 143

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Naples, FL MSA 260 $23.38 $48,640 0.229%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 280 $31.30 $65,100 0.140%
Miami, FL PMSA 1,380 $22.35 $46,490 0.139%
Atlanta, GA MSA 2,140 $22.14 $46,040 0.101%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 170 $23.24 $48,330 0.090%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fort Wayne, IN MSA (6) $37.41 $77,810 (6)
San Francisco, CA PMSA 780 $32.64 $67,890 0.080%
Denver, CO PMSA (6) $32.52 $67,640 (6)
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 280 $31.30 $65,100 0.140%
San Jose, CA PMSA 280 $28.91 $60,140 0.032%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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