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Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salary

The average Entry-Level Architectural Designer earns approximately $45K annually. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Architectural Designers stretch from $34K on the lower end to $58K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. 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. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Architectural Designers making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,233 - $56,866
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$57K
MEDIAN: $45,049
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50%
90%

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$14.44 - $25.64
(Median)
$14
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,233 - $56,866  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,889  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,750  
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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$34,200 - $58,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 887
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $25.64  
   
Overtime
$18.22 - $37.39  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,889  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,750  
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).
)
$34,200 - $58,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 363

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Architectural Designer


Entry-Level Architectural Designers flock to Kohn Pedersen Fox for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $58K lead the pack in compensation.

With a median salary of $47K, Gensler provides Entry-Level Architectural Designers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $58K, limiting employee salary growth.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 13 percent, Entry-Level Architectural Designers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Architectural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), Columbus (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Minneapolis and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 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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Adobe InDesign
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Adobe Illustrator
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Project Management
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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AutoCAD
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$45,000

Microsoft Word
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 295 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 16%