Interior Designer

License required in 4 states

1st most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

87th most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Interior designers plan, design and furnish interiors of residential, commercial or industrial buildings. They formulate design that is practical, aesthetic and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise or improving life style.


Three states and D.C. license the practice of interior design. License requirements are highly uniform: All three states and D.C. require six years (2,190 days) of education or experience, between $1,120 and $1,485 in fees, and one exam. These requirements are the most burdensome of all 102 occupations studied here. However, because so few states license the practice of interior design, the occupation ranks as only the 87th most widely and onerously licensed.

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 D C 4 $1,485 2190 6 years 1 0 18
2 Louisiana 4 $1,240 2190 6 years 1 12 0
3 Nevada 4 $1,215 2190 4 years 2 years 1 0 0
4 Florida 4 $1,120 2190 6 years 1 0 0