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Do interior designers make an above average amount of income?

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I am a ninth grader and am looking into careers for the future. I want to be an interior designer but I am afraid that the income won't be good enough to live on. I don't want to chose a job based on income but that part of choosing a job worries me and I want to be sure. #interior-design #interior #income

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Shelley’s Answer

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I believe the median salary for interior designers is between 47-50k. There are many paths to take in interior design and salary depends on what region of the country you are located. You can have your own design business, work on the corporate construction or architecture side of the business, work in the furniture/design sector or as a project manager. It would be good to do an information interview with a couple of interior designers in your area and ask them about their daily tasks and what they like/dislike about their jobs.

Kevin’s Answer

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Alot depends on the city that you are working in and the type of firm that you are working for. Also the "Market Sector" weighs in heavily. For example, the corporate sector is not as profitable as the Hospitality sector or the Medical sectors. Tenant improvement is the least profitable sector

Eula’s Answer

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No one can predict the future, some experts maybe are able to give their expert views on the job market. Yet, Fear is never the right motivation, and for any job, neither is money.

Look inside yourself first and get in touch with how you feel about imagination, creativity, helping people make their spektakular homes and making great furniture and design. If you like art and color, that is a good indicator. Get in touch with how you feel, and let this feeling come out bold and big enough. About the money part, it is always a concern for everyone. Yet to make money one has to be very very very good at what you do, no matter what type of job. When you love doing your job, you will be very good at it, because learning the ropes is a joy not a drag.

First take paper and pen, and write down a short essay of all the things you would love to be doing, make a list. write the answer to this question: How Interior Design helps everyone......

Then take a large sheet of graph paper and start drawing the floorplan of your dream house or room, put everything you want in it, animals, action figures or dolls, or anything else, and don't forget the doors, windows and closets.

If at the end of the day, it sucks, then maybe it's time to move to something else. If on the other hand you have thoroughly enjoyed yourself, then that is called passion and motivation.

Finally, post your work at school, tell everyone you are an interior designer and explain everything about the room to teachers, class and schoolmates and grown-ups, mom and dad and everybody you meet.

Let me know how it goes. O.K.?

Emily’s Answer

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Interior Design is an exciting and yet challenging career. Make sure you apply to an CIDA accredited college, and take your license exam after you have your hours. Like any career, you have to pay your dues. Those first few years will be about really learning about what part of the industry you like and finding your niche.

Take advantage of your internships in school, and get involved in your local ASID chapter. Living in a larger city is a definite plus, because the more people live in a place, the more spaces there are to design! Once you become established in the part of the field you like to do, you can make up to 70-80k in a big city. It takes a while to get there though! Hard work, determination and a love for what you do all will help you be successful. Good luck!

Stephanie’s Answer

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If you are truly passionate about design, I would say go for it. Interior designers can make good money once you've established yourself in the community; however, starting out is very difficult. The economy is definitely improving, but design jobs are still hard to come by. I would suggest getting involved in your area by attending architecture and design events. Touch base with your state chapter of ASID or IIDA. They do a lot of great shadowing programs. It's a great way to get your name in the community and really be sure that this is what you want to do. Good luck!

Beverlyn’s Answer

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As an Interior Designer your income relies on you, your talents and business sense. The more you know and are exposed to, the more you have to work with. Designing is about being creative, selling the client on your ideas while managing your business.

Never stop perfecting your skills, building your clientele and most of all be confident in your abilities.

There is no limit!

Elaine’s Answer

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Hi Sara,

Interior design salary is based on your location and type. When you have the interior design degree, there are many directions you can go for: such as store development, residential and commercial design, health care design, hospitality design, kitchen & bath designer etc. Some interior designer likes working in the showroom, or become a drafter or visual merchandiser, or expert in materials or textile, furniture design. So I wouldn't stress about the salary. At first it always challenging and once you have experiences and build your reputation, pay just a minor worries. Always think what you like to do, and why. I like to design because I want to inspire people every day and help them to achieve a better quality of life. Bills have to be paid, but the outcome is rewarding.

Eula’s Answer

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No one can predict the future, some experts maybe are able to give their expert views on the job market. Yet, Fear is never the right motivation, and for any job, neither is money.

Look inside yourself first and get in touch with how you feel about imagination, creativity, helping people make their spektakular homes and making great furniture and design. If you like art and color, that is a good indicator. Get in touch with how you feel, and let this feeling come out bold and big enough. About the money part, it is always a concern for everyone. Yet to make money one has to be very very very good at what you do, no matter what type of job. When you love doing your job, you will be very good at it, because learning the ropes is a joy not a drag.

First take paper and pen, and write down a short essay of all the things you would love to be doing, make a list. write the answer to this question: How Interior Design helps everyone......

Then take a large sheet of graph paper and start drawing the floorplan of your dream house or room, put everything you want in it, animals, action figures or dolls, or anything else, and don't forget the doors, windows and closets.

If at the end of the day, it sucks, then maybe it's time to move to something else. If on the other hand you have thoroughly enjoyed yourself, then that is called passion and motivation.

Finally, post your work at school, tell everyone you are an interior designer and explain everything about the room to teachers, class and schoolmates and grown-ups, mom and dad and everybody you meet.

Let me know how it goes. O.K.?

Sue’s Answer

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That question is relative to the market you work in and your clientele. If you love what you do and your clients love the results you bring, then yes absolutely you can make a wonderful income as an interior designer. I wish you all the best with your decision!

Eula’s Answer

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DEAR NINTH GRADER.

I love your questions, and think I can help you.

Like Singers,

some Interior Designer make terabytes of money. Others stay around the fringes of fame and fortune. Two things matter:

1) How good you are as a designer

2) Who you make friends with and work with.

Work first on being a very good designer. For this you need to learn everything there is to know about design and put it into practice

Then be friendly, honest and work hard. With these things you will do FANTASTIK work and your customers will love the work you do. ONLY AFTER THIS, worry about the money.

Like everything else you do in life. Start small, earn enough, then go play on the big stage where fame and fortune awaits you. and you'll be allright.

If you worry only about 'how much' first, you may select a job that pays a lot, but you hate doing everyday. First DO WHAT YOU LOVE, THEN THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW.