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Architectural Designer Salary (United States)

An Architectural Designer earns an average salary of $48,939 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Architectural Designer Salary (?
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$37,260 - $68,184
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $48,938
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Architectural Designer Salary (?
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$15.07 - $31.07
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,260 - $68,184  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,836  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $5,800  
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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$35,853 - $69,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.07 - $31.07  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $40.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $5,800  
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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$35,853 - $69,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 520
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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.

Common Career Paths for Architectural Designer

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Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Designer

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Pay Difference By Location

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Experience Affects Architectural Designer Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Architectural Designer Salaries

Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Adobe InDesign
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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Adobe Photoshop
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3D Rendering
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Microsoft Office
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Graphic Design
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National Average
$49,000
AutoCAD
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Adobe Illustrator
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 19%