Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Architectural Designers is around $46K annually. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Architectural Designers spread between $35K and $59K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Men working as Entry-Level Architectural Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The majority of Entry-Level Architectural Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although roughly one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,767 - $57,507
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$36K
$46K
$58K
MEDIAN: $45,617
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$14.89 - $25.67
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$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 (?
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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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Entry-Level Architectural Designers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kohn Pedersen Fox, where the average salary comes to $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,964

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Architectural Designers in Irvine enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Workers in Philadelphia and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

Architectural Designer Advice

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

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

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

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AutoCAD Architecture
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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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