Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salary

The average Entry-Level Architectural Designer can expect to rake in roughly $46K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Architectural Designers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $59K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Architectural Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a little over a half have dental, too. Men working as Entry-Level Architectural Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$35,767 - $57,507
(Median)
$36K
$46K
$58K
MEDIAN: $45,617
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$14.89 - $25.67
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$20
$26
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,767 - $57,507  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,894  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $4,966  
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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$34,781 - $58,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $25.67  
   
Overtime
$19.29 - $38.27  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $4,966  
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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$34,781 - $58,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 495
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,964

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Architectural Designers, Irvine offers exceptional salaries, 12 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Architectural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Columbus (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 17 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Architectural Designer Advice

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

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.

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Skills That Affect Architectural Designer Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Design
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Photoshop
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3D Rendering
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Adobe Illustrator
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Project Management
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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Graphic Design
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National Average
$46,000

AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 316 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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