Approximately 1,000 interior designers participated in the Design Success University’s Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey, and one of the most surprising statistics found was that 23.2% of all interior designers left the industry between May 2008 and May 2011.
Interior designers have been faced with the obstacle of a struggling economy for a few years now, and for most designers, 2012 was not the year they had hoped for.
The survey revealed that:
• 98.5% of interior designers feel underpaid for the amount of work they do
• 94% of designers want or need to make more money
• 72.6% of designers feel overwhelmed
• 80% want to feel more satisfied with their level of success
• 67.2% struggle to stay organized
“Almost 60% of interior designers earn less than $45,000,” said Gail Doby, co-founder of Design Success University. “Our goal [with this survey] is to stop the attrition in the interior design industry by helping designers learn vital business and marketing skills to survive and thrive.”
Design Success University mentors over 10,000 designers in 43 countries to grow their profits and visibility. It was founded by Doby and Erin Weir who coach and teach by teleseminars and webinars.