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Interior Architecture

484 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
169 Master's Degrees Annually
#205 in Popularity
$99,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Interior Architecture Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many interior architecture graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 484
Master’s Degree 169
Associate’s Degree 9
Undergraduate Certificate 1

What Interior Architecture Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to interiors and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Interiors Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Interiors Majors

A major in interiors prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Interiors Majors

As you progress with your interiors degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Interior Architecture Major?

People with a interiors degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Architecture Professors 10.5% $86,980
Interior Designers 4.5% $53,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture?

484 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 484 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture in 2019, making it rank #205 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 88% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of interiors majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Interiors Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 22
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 65
White 329
International Students 31
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Interiors, too. About 6.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Canada

How Much Do Interior Architecture Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that interior architecture students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $40,200 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $37,800 (25th percentile) and $42,700 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to interiors.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $59,120 to $148,970 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to interiors. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Interior Architecture Major  ( 59120 to 148970 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with interiors require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to interiors have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 54.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 6.2%
Master’s Degree 18.7%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 4.9%
Doctoral Degree 10.8%

Online Interior Architecture Programs

In 2018-2019, 51 schools offered a interiors program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 4 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 17 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Interior Architecture Worth It?

The median salary for a interiors grad is $99,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,188,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to interiors.

Major Number of Grads
General Architecture 6,145
Architectural Sciences & Technology 5,448
Urban & Regional Planning 2,729
Landscape Architecture 1,177
Environmental Design 717
Real Estate Development 452
Architecture (Other) 268
Architectural History 154

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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