Surprising Statistics Revealed about Interior Designers in New Survey

Design Success University’s 2013 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey reveals a shocking statistic: 23.2 percent of all interior designers left the industry between May 2008 and May 2011 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The free eBook is available for immediate download.

For most designers, 2012 financial results and satisfaction with the profession have been mixed and even dismal:

  • 98.5 percent of interior designers feel underpaid for the amount of work they do.
  • 94 percent of designers want or need to make more money.
  • 72.6 percent of designers feel overwhelmed.
  • 80 percent want to feel more satisfied with their level of success.
  • 67.2 percent struggle to stay organized.

New data revealed in the 2013 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey eBook also shows 10 key strategies that celebrity and high-earning designers use to earn high incomes and achieve success. Gail Doby, co-founder of Design Success University, says: “Almost 60 percent of interior designers earn less than $45,000. Discovering new strategies that financially successful designers use to earn six-figure-plus incomes can transform how other designers approach their businesses to achieve higher incomes and more satisfaction with their careers. Interior designers can ‘peek behind the curtain’ for the first time to discover the reasons why celebrity and high-earning designers accomplish seemingly impossible results in challenging economic times. Our goal is to stop the attrition in the interior design industry by helping designers learn vital business and marketing skills to survive and thrive.”

Approximately 1,006 interior designers participated in the November 2012 survey.

“As a principal interior designer, it is imperative to navigate your business successfully. This becomes especially challenging when the business environment is changing. Understanding emerging client needs and expectations as well as what is working and not working for other design firms is pivotal to making advantageous decisions for your firm. Design Success University continues year after year to provide Interior Designers with one of the most valuable eBooks in our industry, the Interior Design Fee and Salary Survey. It is absolutely something every designer in this industry should read. Every business owner feels the weight of information overload; I promise this information is worth every minute of your time,” says Debbie Green, president, Minutes Matter Solutions Inc.

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