Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Architectural Designers is around $47K per year. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Architectural Designers spread between $36K and $61K depending on individual performance. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Architectural Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. 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. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,162 - $59,176
$38K
$47K
$59K
MEDIAN: $47,058
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$15.43 - $26.68
$15
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $20.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$38,162 - $59,176  
   
Bonus
$196.32 - $3,968  
Profit Sharing
$102.71 - $4,848  
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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$36,376 - $60,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,084
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $26.68  
   
Overtime
$20.15 - $39.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$196.32 - $3,968  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.71 - $4,848  
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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$36,376 - $60,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 460

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Architectural Designers, Gensler, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Greenberg Farrow, NBBJ, and Aecom Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Entry-Level Architectural Designers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kohn Pedersen Fox, where the average salary comes to $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,480

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

Entry-Level Architectural Designers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 13 percent. Entry-Level Architectural Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+11 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Houston (6 percent lower and 4 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 253 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
83%
5-9 years
12%
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 253 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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