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Interior Designers in California

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5.4% Jobs Projection
$60,360 Median Salary
920 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Interior Designers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Interior Designers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Interior Designers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Interior Designers Work in California?

In California, there were 8,460 people working as Interior Designers in the year 2018.

There were 8,130 Interior Designers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 330 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Interior Designers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 550 Interior Designers working in it, which means California has more Interior Designers than average.

Interior Designers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Interior Designers in this state are growing at a rate of 5.4% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 4.5%.

Job Projections for Interior Designers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 920 annual job openings, and a total of 9,700 jobs for California Interior Designers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 6,500 annual jobs and 69,500 total jobs in 2026.

What do Interior Designers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Interior Designers ranged from $32,240 to $107,450 with $60,360 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $15.5 to $51.66. The median hourly rate was $29.02.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $28.51 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.51.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Interior Designers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Interior Designers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Interior Designers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,680 $62,650
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,060 $63,750
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 850 $58,570
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 590 $40,760
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 390 $57,580
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 330 $49,790
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 70 $53,700
Fresno, CA 50 n/a
Salinas, CA 40 $61,520

Top States for Interior Designers Employment

View the list below to see where most Interior Designers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 8,460 $60,360
New York 4,780 $62,760
Texas 4,230 $51,630
Florida 4,210 $46,750
Illinois 2,250 $49,690
Georgia 2,200 $48,730
Ohio 2,170 $51,050
Colorado 1,930 $47,580
Michigan 1,610 $46,320
Minnesota 1,550 $56,410
Pennsylvania 1,510 $54,680
New Jersey 1,440 $54,210
Washington 1,370 $59,680
Missouri 1,350 $52,160
North Carolina 1,320 $51,270
Tennessee 1,250 $45,910
Maryland 1,250 $58,290
Massachusetts 1,240 $62,840
Virginia 1,210 $50,380
Indiana 1,090 $42,290

Below are the states where Interior Designers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $73,010
Alaska $71,410
Rhode Island $70,010
Hawaii $66,370
Arkansas $62,970
Massachusetts $62,840
New York $62,760
California $60,360
Delaware $59,870
Washington $59,680

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Occupation CA Employment Total
Graphic Designers 29,320
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers 16,780
Fashion Designers 6,480
Floral Designers 4,510
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4,090
Set and Exhibit Designers 2,650


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