Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salary

Entry-Level Architectural Designers can expect wages of $45K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Architectural Designers runs from $34K to $58K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Entry-Level Architectural Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,433 - $56,798

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$14.69 - $25.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,433 - $56,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,912  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $5,135  
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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$34,422 - $58,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,012
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.69 - $25.74  
   
Overtime
$18.45 - $37.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,912  
   
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $5,135  
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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$34,422 - $58,386  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 419
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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 $61K.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+11 percent), Irvine (+9 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Columbus (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Chicago (7 percent lower and 3 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 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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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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3D Rendering
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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National Average
$46,000

AutoCAD
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Project Management
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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AutoCAD Architecture
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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 282 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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