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
|Position||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Interior Designer – Workplace Planner||55,000 – 80,000||Auckland|
|Senior Interior Designer||70,000 – 90,000||Auckland|
|Senior Interior Designer / 2IC||130,000||Auckland|
|Junior Interior Designer||45,000 – 50,000||Auckland|
|Experienced Interior Designer||65,000 +||Auckland|
|Interior Designer or Architectural Graduate||80,000||Wellington|
|Interior Designer||45,000 – 65,000||Christchurch|
|Junior Interior Designer||45,000 – 55,000||Christchurch|
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