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Interior Design Services – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7389  |  NAICS 541410

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Interior Design Services  (view report)
Architectural Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

International Interior Design Association
IIDA Index Report

Index measures the economic health of the commercial sector based on project data submitted by a diverse mix of U.S. design firms, with projects categorized by region, project size, and market sector. Economic trends for various regions and sectors are calculated using a diffusion index with a neutral indicator of 50, with values above 50 indicating expansion and those below 50 indicating contraction.

Sandow Media LLC
Publications available from this organization include:

Interior Design Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for design professionals, with special reports including the "Top 100 Giants" (January issue) and the "100 Rising Giants" (July issue) reports which rank the top 100 and the second 100 largest firms, respectively, by fees and also include information on total fees by market sector, top ten firms by market sector, and types of projects by market sector.

Universe Study
Triennial research study provides a comprehensive look at design industry based on responses from over 3,000 designers, with data provided in the report including total number of design firms, location of offices by region, number of firms working in each market segment, top 3 market segments based on volume, size of markets by product category, and market segments with greatest growth potential.

American Society of Interior Designers
Publications available from this trade association include:

ASID Billings Index
Quarterly publication provides three-month moving-average billing indexes based on responses from all survey participants and by firm size (e.g., self-employed, 2-9, 10-24, and 25 or more employees), market sector (e.g., single family, multi-family, commercial, and institutional), and U.S. census region (e.g., Northeast, Midwest, South, and West). Quarterly billings index reports are available free online.

ASID Outlook and State of Interior Design
Annual publication provides an in-depth look at the current business environment and the outlook for the industry, with topics covered including key issues in the U.S. economy and construction industry, a review of trends and disruptors at a macro-level and their implications for the industry, and insights from thought leaders on where the design industry is headed and the future of the design profession.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Interior Designers
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of annual revenues for organizations that plan, design, and furnish interior spaces in residential and nonresidential buildings based on their clients' functional, aesthetic, and safety needs and applicable building codes and other regulatory standards. Sample report is available free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Compensation Report / Salaries & Benefits Report /

Compensation surveys provide salary and benefits information for full-time professionals, with survey results reported by age, gender, education, years in profession, professional credentials, job function (e.g., executive, senior designer or architect, architect, and designer), supervisory responsibility, firm specialization, and geographic region. Summary highlights from the surveys are available free online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Interior Designers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for individuals who plan, design, and furnish internal spaces in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings based on their clients' functional, aesthetic, and safety needs and applicable building codes and other regulatory standards. Survey results are updated each May and can be viewed free online.

PayScale, Inc.
Interior Designer Services

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as director, project manager, and senior/junior/assistant designer, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc., IA Interior Architects, Inc., Hirsch/Bedner International, Inc., Gettys Group Inc., StudioSix5 Inc., and FRCH a NELSON Co.

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