Entry-Level Architectural Designers can expect to earn an average of $47K per year. Total cash earnings of Entry-Level Architectural Designers range from $36K on the low end to $60K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $5K, respectively. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Architectural Designers making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly more than a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most Entry-Level Architectural Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$37,572 - $58,744
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MEDIAN: $46,824
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$15.29 - $26.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$37,572 - $58,744  
   
Bonus
$195.49 - $4,001  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $4,975  
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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$36,036 - $60,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,070
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.29 - $26.44  
   
Overtime
$19.78 - $39.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$195.49 - $4,001  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $4,975  
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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$36,036 - $60,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 432
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Dominating the field, Gensler, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Greenberg Farrow, NBBJ, and Aecom Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Architectural Designers. Entry-Level Architectural Designers flock to Kohn Pedersen Fox for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $58K lead the pack in compensation.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,154

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

Surpassing the national average by 13 percent, Entry-Level Architectural Designers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Architectural Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+9 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). In Miami, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (11 percent lower) and Philadelphia (8 percent lower).

Architectural Designer Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Architectural Designer Salaries

Project Coordinating
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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