Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Architectural Designers come in at around $45K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Architectural Designers bottoms out near $34K and approaches $58K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $4K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Architectural Designers (54 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,338 - $56,819
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$57K
MEDIAN: $44,968
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$14.57 - $25.68
(Median)
$15
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,338 - $56,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,880  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $4,919  
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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$34,312 - $58,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 998
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $25.68  
   
Overtime
$18.27 - $37.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,880  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $4,919  
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).
)
$34,312 - $58,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Architectural Designer


Kohn Pedersen Fox offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $58K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Gensler — median pay is $48K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $42K and only reaching $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Architectural Designers that is 11 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Architectural Designers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+11 percent), New York (+9 percent), Columbus (+8 percent), and Irvine (+6 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Philadelphia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Minneapolis and 6 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Architectural Designer Advice

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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 Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salaries

Design
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Adobe InDesign
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Adobe Illustrator
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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3D Rendering
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Project Management
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Microsoft Word
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 18%
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