Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salary

Entry-Level Architectural Designers take home approximately $48K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Architectural Designers varies from around $37K to approximately $61K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $5K, respectively. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Entry-Level Architectural Designers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$38,580 - $59,628
$39K
$48K
$60K
MEDIAN: $47,994
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$15.57 - $27.13
$16
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $20.88
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$38,580 - $59,628  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $4,010  
Profit Sharing
$102.41 - $4,880  
Total Pay (?
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$36,794 - $61,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.57 - $27.13  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $40.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$248.32 - $4,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.41 - $4,880  
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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$36,794 - $61,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 470

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Gensler, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Greenberg Farrow, NBBJ, and Aecom Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Architectural Designers. For Entry-Level Architectural Designers, comfortable salaries can be found at Kohn Pedersen Fox; in fact, median earnings sit around $58K, the highest in the area.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,316

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Architectural Designers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 13 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Architectural Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+11 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Employers in Columbus and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Architectural Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Architectural Designer in New York:
"Ask for more money."
As a female architect, I think we should demand better salaries and better job opportunities.

Architectural Designer in New Delhi:
"Role in sustainable architecture."
Work with passion and honesty and responsibility. Sensitivity towards nature is of prime importance. Set a goal and stick to it. Architecture is a wast field .

Architectural Designer in Haddonfield:
"Salary."
There is a deception of salary given the illusion of architects being considered professionals. Based on what I see, it seems architects are paid closer to blue collar workers than they are professionals.

Architectural Designer in Honolulu:
"Challenging But Fulfilling."
Becoming an architect is a lifelong commitment. There are constant challenges and new technology to learn. The salary is not as high as you might expect for the amount of hours worked. It's a Job that requires a lot of passion and dedication.

Key Stats for Architectural Designer

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 288 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
82%
5-9 years
12%
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 288 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Common Health Benefits

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