Architectural Designer Salary

An Architectural Designer earns an average salary of $49,115 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$37,299 - $68,129
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,115
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$15.18 - $30.36
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,299 - $68,129  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,936  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,015  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,916 - $69,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,763
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $30.36  
   
Overtime
$19.52 - $40.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,015  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$35,916 - $69,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 700
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Job Description for Architectural Designer

Architectural designers design such projects as buildings, urban landscapes, and parks. In some cases, designers will work as a part of a company or studio, although they can also work independently. They meet with the client to discuss the client's budget and preferences. They then consult with the landscape consultant to understand the construction site and create different concepts for the project for presentation to the client. After incorporating in client comments on concepts, architectural designers work with engineers to create a design that works within the client's budget. During construction, they provide drawings to the construction team and monitor progress to make sure it is faithful to the design. Once the project is finished, the designer must inspect the building to make sure it meets the clients' standards.

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Architectural Designer Tasks

  • Produce drawings and specifications that have been red lined by others.
  • Use technical manuals to ensure compliance with required codes and standards.
  • Research and develop design and product solutions and presents them for consideration.
  • Produce CAD drawings, renderings, layouts and color boards for specific architectural design.
  • Compile data and perform dimensional and routine calculations required for the preparation of drawings and design layouts.

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Architectural Designer Reviews

What is it like working as an Architectural Designer?

Architectural Designer in Nashville:
"Mixed thoughts."
Pros: The studio environment is great for a collaborative working place, the projects the firm gets to work on are often really good, and the team of employees work well together.
Cons: Of the two partners, one micromanages way too much to the point where it almost becomes an issue, the office chairs are over 30 years old and highly uncomfortable and they won't replace them. There is no set guidelines to office hierarchy of positions within the office as a way of promoting individuals.

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Experience Affects Architectural Designer Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Architectural Designer Salaries


Design
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

Adobe InDesign
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$49,000

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 532 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 20%
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