An interior decorator deals only with the cosmetics while an interior designer combine art with engineering knowledge. The interior designer’s salary depends on many factors such as the credentials, qualifications and skills that an interior designer has.
Keep in mind that an interior designer’s experience plays a significant role in his salary as good and experienced interior designers produce salaries exceeding $100,000. Working with an architectural firm comes with a lot of money as a designer who works with an architectural firm can make upwards of $40,000 per year.
The independent designers are different from other designers who work for a certain companies as they charge by the hour for the initial consultations. Likewise, independent designers make significantly more money than the others generally.
The more knowledge a designer has the more money he will gain. Designers with a four year degree and completion of an apprentice program can expect to make $40,000 and $50,000 a year. If you work for a firm, then your position in the firm determines the wages. The highest salaries of interior designers are in Washington D.C, New York and San Francisco.
An interior designer should improve his skills permanently and an interior designer should know how to use computer programs to create two- and three-dimensional images. Keep in mind, working on residential projects can be very useful and also working with retail stores is helpful as a designer can earn commission.