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Vore in Bronx, New York

81 months ago

Hi Deidra,
In NYC the salary varies widely from place to place. Just to give you an idea. Some companies offer a base salary about 35K (USD) PLUS a commission based on sales above a certain selling point.

Be careful of companies who offer a commission based on "their" profit. Profit numbers can be manipulated in the companies favor and usually are. If you have the ability to know what company costs are you will have a better understanding of the real profit the company sees at the end of the job.

In NYC a kitchen or bath based on a contract that includes labor, commissions are usually 7-10% on the total contract.

Some companies offer a commission base as low as 5%.
IE: if you sell a million dollars in yearly sales with the proper mark up on materials and labor your net is only 50K before taxes. Yet the company usually has a real "profit" of 400-500K if they do there work correctly. Their "profit" vs your commission is disproportionate.

Other factors include your talent as a designer and your ability to sell, make the desired profit and follow up with the details making the job run smooth. If you have little or no problems with any of the projects your working on, your employer should acknowledge that and compensate you accordingly.

If your with a good company by all means stay with them. I'm sure they will work with you. Also take into consideration the economy. Hopefully Canada's economy is fairing better then ours.

Best of the day

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Danny in Bend, Oregon

77 months ago

Lowes pay about $36K / yr here plus another $10k in commissions. That's with a couple of years exp.. However, working there sucks. you are scheduled closes and openings from 6 am to 10pm and it changes every day. Your days off change every week and you have split days off. You are not provided with the tools you need to do your job. Your customers have no clue when you work.

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GMA in Austin, Texas

75 months ago

deidra_wagner@hotmail.com in Medicine Hat, Alberta said: I live in Alberta Canada. I have been designing kitchens for about 4 years now. I am a member of the NKBA and recently passed my AKBD exam.
I am now looking for salary information for south western canada.
Does anyone have any info for this region and for a designer who has some credentials.
Thanks
Deidra

Hi Deidra:
If your at a good firm and you are as good of a designer as you are a salesperson, you can expect to earn 1st year 36-50K, second year 45-60k and third year 60+.. Those with large builder accounts, a solid reputation or a booming economy will earn over 100k per year, but after 80K there are extra hours required to maintain current installations and new designs.
Good luck.

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Deidra in Medicine Hat, Alberta

75 months ago

Thank-you for your comments they definitly help give me an idea of what to expect.

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Deidra in Medicine Hat, Alberta

75 months ago

GMA in Austin, Texas said: Hi Deidra:
If your at a good firm and you are as good of a designer as you are a salesperson, you can expect to earn 1st year 36-50K, second year 45-60k and third year 60+.. Those with large builder accounts, a solid reputation or a booming economy will earn over 100k per year, but after 80K there are extra hours required to maintain current installations and new designs.
Good luck.

Thank-you
The company I am with is not very good,they were just bought out and the new owners are making things up as they go. For my own personal growth and benefit I can't stay here, there is no advancement, they also lowered our wages, I'm now making $15 an hour.(not happy) I recently had numerous interviews with this other company that is a 40 min drive out of medicine hat, I'm just waiting to sign the paper work and I'll have a new job. His salary offer is very resonable for starting position with commission and bonuses to come in the future. I'll have lots of opportunity to advance and grow. I'm looking forward to hearing back from them.

Thank-you for your information, it helps me see that I am being compensated appropriatly, even if its a Canandian Market.

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DukeDashiel in Quezon City, Philippines

72 months ago

Anyone knows where I can get a online job on kitchen design using 20 20?

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Frustrated New Sales Rep in Chilliwack, British Columbia

49 months ago

I came from Home Depot and have recently moved on to a small RTA cabinet shop. I am getting min wage and 4% of total project commission for inside sales (stuck in the office), at first I thought ok I've got a base and the sky is the limit but realistically now I realize the owners are absent, do not effectively market the business and I am only seeing maybe 1 or 2 customers working 4 days in the office. I am also alarmed by the number of outstanding customer issues the other sales guy is having as the owners are very slow to react...seriously thinking about going it on my own financing material purchases with customer deposits, may just set up at a flea market with samples be more traffic than I'm getting here. Can't afford the overhead of the shop but what good is a showroom that nobody knows exists!

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