Architectural Designer Salary

An Architectural Designer earns an average salary of $50,128 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$39,364 - $69,754
$39K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $50,128
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50%
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$16.33 - $30.34
$16
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.89
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,364 - $69,754  
   
Bonus
$243.98 - $4,956  
Profit Sharing
$52.00 - $4,000  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$38,146 - $70,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,569
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.33 - $30.34  
   
Overtime
$21.78 - $41.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$243.98 - $4,956  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$52.00 - $4,000  
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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$38,146 - $70,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 642

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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 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.
  • Research and develop design and product solutions and presents them for consideration.
  • Produce drawings and specifications that have been red lined by others.
  • Use technical manuals to ensure compliance with required codes and standards.

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Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Designer

Pay by Experience for an Architectural Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Architectural Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,496 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Architectural Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 550 salaries. An experienced Architectural Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 328 salaries. An Architectural Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 151 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,394

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Architectural Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Architectural Designer?

Architectural Designer in Chelsea:
"Site visits & office work, varying stress, creative."
Pros: I get to use my creativity. I like the people I work with. There are many projects going on at once and never a dull in work load. I get to work with many different clients. I believe in what our company is offering.
Cons: Long hours. Can be stressful at times. Sometimes there are difficult clients and I think I should be paid more.

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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Key Stats for Architectural Designer

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 361 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Architectural Designer Salaries

▲35%

▲17%

▲11%

National Average
$50,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Architectural Designer Salaries



Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$50,000


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 361 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 22%