Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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. Excludes "Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers" (27-1026).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

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)
40,950 2.5 % $25.39 $52,810 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.36 $16.98 $22.90 $31.71 $41.55
Annual Wage (2) $25,720 $35,320 $47,620 $65,960 $86,430


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 15,640 13.67 $25.42 $52,870
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,710 0.68 $27.86 $57,950
Furniture Stores 3,380 1.57 $22.25 $46,290
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 2,190 0.21 $22.46 $46,710
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1,740 1.90 $25.71 $53,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialized Design Services 15,640 13.67 $25.42 $52,870
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1,740 1.90 $25.71 $53,480
Furniture Stores 3,380 1.57 $22.25 $46,290
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 8,710 0.68 $27.86 $57,950
Home Furnishings Stores 1,300 0.57 $20.22 $42,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Used Merchandise Stores (8) (8) $35.18 $73,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $34.85 $72,490
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 60 0.01 $32.14 $66,850
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 380 0.04 $31.24 $64,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises 970 0.05 $29.25 $60,850


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,920 0.42 1.32 $28.30 $58,860
New York 3,220 0.38 1.20 $31.51 $65,540
Texas 3,130 0.30 0.95 $23.48 $48,830
Florida 2,870 0.40 1.26 $22.88 $47,580
Illinois 1,810 0.32 1.01 $26.31 $54,730




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 560 0.86 2.70 $36.55 $76,020
Colorado 1,070 0.49 1.54 $26.28 $54,670
California 5,920 0.42 1.32 $28.30 $58,860
Maryland 1,020 0.41 1.29 $25.95 $53,970
Florida 2,870 0.40 1.26 $22.88 $47,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 560 0.86 2.70 $36.55 $76,020
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $32.40 $67,390
New York 3,220 0.38 1.20 $31.51 $65,540
Rhode Island 130 0.29 0.92 $30.06 $62,520
Utah 250 0.22 0.68 $29.70 $61,770





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,600 0.51 1.61 $33.06 $68,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.47 1.47 $29.79 $61,970
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.36 1.14 $27.67 $57,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.51 1.61 $30.83 $64,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,120 0.50 1.58 $22.67 $47,160
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.08 3.37 $33.53 $69,750
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 960 0.38 1.18 $27.32 $56,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 910 0.44 1.39 $24.80 $51,580
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 890 0.53 1.66 $28.16 $58,580
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 890 0.49 1.54 $23.90 $49,710




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.08 3.37 $33.53 $69,750
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 40 0.98 3.07 $19.76 $41,100
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 360 0.87 2.73 $35.81 $74,480
Winston-Salem, NC 160 0.83 2.59 $23.40 $48,670
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 370 0.75 2.34 $27.76 $57,750
Naples-Marco Island, FL 70 0.66 2.06 $28.80 $59,910
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 240 0.65 2.04 $23.10 $48,060
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 150 0.64 2.01 $19.85 $41,290
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 90 0.61 1.90 $28.00 $58,240
Wausau, WI 40 0.60 1.87 $20.85 $43,380




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Worcester, MA-CT 110 0.44 1.38 $36.30 $75,500
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 360 0.87 2.73 $35.81 $74,480
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,030 1.08 3.37 $33.53 $69,750
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,600 0.51 1.61 $33.06 $68,770
Salt Lake City, UT 190 0.31 0.98 $32.49 $67,580
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 90 0.52 1.63 $32.25 $67,090
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 80 0.27 0.83 $31.21 $64,920
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.24 0.74 $31.19 $64,880
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.25 0.78 $31.05 $64,590
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $30.88 $64,230

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.78 5.58 $24.54 $51,050
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.79 2.48 $21.93 $45,610
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.80 $25.43 $52,890
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.02 $20.53 $42,710
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.85 $21.78 $45,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.78 5.58 $24.54 $51,050
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 30 0.92 2.89 $24.90 $51,780
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.79 2.48 $21.93 $45,610
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.66 2.08 $21.13 $43,940
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 1.82 $21.54 $44,810

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.80 $25.43 $52,890
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 30 0.92 2.89 $24.90 $51,780
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.78 5.58 $24.54 $51,050
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.67 $22.35 $46,490
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.79 2.48 $21.93 $45,610


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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