Architectural Intern Salary (United States)

Around three-quarters of Architectural Interns are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $40,118 per year. Pay begins at $29,062 on the low end and climbs to $51,367 per year near the top. With some bonuses approaching $2,984 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $5,562, overall incomes in the Architectural Interns from $32,183 to $50,303 depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although most have medical coverage and about half have dental coverage, 23 percent claim no health benefits at all. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 59 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Architectural Intern Salary (?
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$32,183 - $50,303
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MEDIAN: $40,714
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Architectural Intern Salary (?
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$11.56 - $22.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$32,183 - $50,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,984  
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $5,562  
Total Pay (?
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$29,062 - $51,367  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 982
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $22.28  
   
Overtime
$16.94 - $32.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $5,562  
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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$29,062 - $51,367  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 569
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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
  • Assist in the streamlining of the architectural design process from conceptual design through overall completion of projects.
  • Perform redline changes and revisions.
  • Assist with contract administration responsibilities.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Architectural Intern

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Though it's uncommon, some Architectural Interns move into roles as Sr. Associate Architect (but not Landscape or Naval)s, bringing in an extra $45K per year. Architectural Interns can earn $17,004 or $14,103 more per year when they move into roles as Architect (but not Landscape or Naval)s or Design Architects, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Intern

Survey takers working as Architectural Interns report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite, Adobe InDesign, and 3D Max are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk 3ds Max. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in Autodesk Revit Architecture and 3D Rendering.

Pay Difference By Location

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$40,000
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With a pay rate for Architectural Interns that is 12 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Dallas, Austin, Washington, and Los Angeles are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Architectural Interns earning around 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent more than average. Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Workers in Atlanta and Portland earn less than others in this profession; their -2 percent and -1 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Architectural Intern Salaries

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$40,000

Skills That Affect Architectural Intern Salaries

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 535 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 23%
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