New Zealand Interior Designer Salaries

Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated.

Salary and wage information for New Zealand professions is compiled regularly by analysis of New Zealand jobs advertised in major publications. Salaries are annual unless otherwise stated. Job ads in New Zealand often do not mention remuneration. Salaries are generally negotiable, within limits.

Graduate interior designers can expect a starting salary of around $38,000 to $48,000. With several years’ experience this can rise to between $50,000 and $85,000. Senior interior designers can earn up to $95,000.

The upturn in the construction industry has meant that there are more opportunities in this occupation than there were several years ago.

Most interior designers work in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

For comparison, the average hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 31 March 2020 was $33.20 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual average salary of around $65,600, working standard full-time hours (38 hours).

Interior Designer Salaries / Wages in 2020

PositionSalary / Wage $Location
Interior Designer – Workplace Planner55,000 – 80,000Auckland
Senior Interior Designer70,000 – 90,000Auckland
Senior Interior Designer / 2IC130,000Auckland
Junior Interior Designer45,000 – 50,000Auckland
Experienced Interior Designer65,000 +Auckland
Interior Designer or Architectural Graduate80,000Wellington
Interior Designer45,000 – 65,000Christchurch
Junior Interior Designer45,000 – 55,000Christchurch

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One thought on “New Zealand Interior Designer Salaries”

  1. Good morning,
    my name’s Alessandro Politi, i’m an Italian interior designer.
    I am 29 years with 5 years of experience. I have worked with and for national and international studies such as the Valentino Fashion Group.
    I’m also a model with unbridled passion for cooking (only healthy food) and sport I practice every single day.
    I would like to know if there is a space for a young man like me who has so much talent and so much energy to devote to work in your country.

    Best regards

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