Architectural Interns in the United States pull down an average of $43K per year. Cash earnings for Architectural Interns — including $3K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $52K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half have dental, too. Men working as Architectural Interns who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Job satisfaction for Architectural Interns is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,643 - $51,668
$35K
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$52K
MEDIAN: $42,870
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$11.80 - $22.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$34,643 - $51,668  
   
Bonus
$205.42 - $2,944  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $3,999  
Total Pay (?
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$29,470 - $51,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 662
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $22.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20  
Overtime
$14.68 - $33.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$205.42 - $2,944  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $3,999  
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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$29,470 - $51,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 456

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Job Description for Architectural Intern

An architectural intern is normally the entry-level position for an individual trained to be an architect. These internships are normally paid positions for individuals who have completed formal training and basic certification in the field. The intern normally works under the supervision of senior architects and partners within a firm, learning techniques, demonstrating their skills, and building a resume for future employment. Companies may make a job offer to successful candidates at the conclusion of the internship.

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Architectural Intern Tasks

  • Create three dimensional building information modeling and two-dimensional construction documentation using software.
  • May participate in the architectural design process and develop alternative solutions and presentation graphics.
  • Assist with contract administration responsibilities.
  • Assist in the streamlining of the architectural design process from conceptual design through overall completion of projects.
  • Perform redline changes and revisions.

Common Career Paths for Architectural Intern


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At the upper end, Architectural Interns who move into a Senior Associate Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Associate Architects is a much higher $85K per year. Typical career progression for an Architectural Intern involves becoming an Architect or a Design Architect, roles that pay $16K more and $14K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Architectural Intern


Pay for Architectural Interns is the lowest at Mulvannyg2 Architecture, Inc., which has a median salary of $39K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $53K.

Popular Skills for Architectural Intern


Architectural Interns report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Computer Aided Design, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know 3D Rendering and AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,252

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

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Architectural Interns, 12 percent higher than the national average. Architectural Interns will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+8 percent), Denver (+8 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and San Francisco (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in New York and Orlando (17 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Architectural Intern Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Architectural Intern?

Architectural Intern in Dallas:
Pros: I wear a lot of hats. By that I mean, there are so many different tasks, you will not become bored w/ monotony. Maybe down the road it will seem that way, but till then...
Cons: Some days, I don't know what I'm doing, or need to do. Or have so many things to do, I'm not sure what to do first. It can be overwhelming. I've had managers that could guide me through things like this, but I made less there. At this locations, I'm given very little direction or supervision, and have to find a way through it. It's a huge mixed bag.

Architectural Intern in Bozeman:
"Passionately Optimistic."
Pros: The work is creative and different every day. I enjoy making our clients happy and we do make a difference in peoples lives- however design has more potential to do so than our firm is currently capable of. I am constantly learning more about my profession because I get to work directly with our principal architect. It is only stressful about 5% of the time. The management is laid back. Because I work in a small firm I get to do a lot of tasks that are not usually given to a junior architect. Looking forward to continuing to learn more and get licensed in about 18 months.
Cons: School didn't teach me enough. Professors are living in la-la land so I don't feel like my education should have taken so long to achieve, nor is it worth the cost. Since junior architects learn nothing in school they are not very valuable to their employers until they gain experience. The worst thing about my job is how much I get paid. After spending 6 years in college to earn the degree I need to be an architect I feel I should be making at least 40K a year if now 50K. At this rate I will be paying off my student loans forever. Also working in a small firm our only benefit is flexible hours, free coffee and beer. No paid leave, no 401K, no medical benefits.

Architectural Intern in Orlando:
Pros: The potential of learning new things in programs and how architecture companies work outside of design.
Cons: Not seeing the possibility of growth in the project coordinator way. Having people who have less experience and education manage to make more than me. I know money isn't everything but realizing that you're being taken advantage of isn't the best thing to see. You're expected to stress out and work long hours for nothing.

Architectural Intern in Maitland:
"My review."
Pros: I love everything about it I am exposed to different areas of my field and constantly learn.
Cons: Staring at a computer most of the time is exhausting.

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Key Stats for Architectural Intern

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Architectural Intern Salaries



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Architectural Intern Salaries


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Adobe Photoshop
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autodesk autocad
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Adobe InDesign
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Microsoft Office
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3D Max
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National Average
$41,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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