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Architectural Intern Salary (United States)

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Architectural Interns reporting fewer than five years of experience, the average pay is $41K per year. Cash earnings for Architectural Interns — including $3K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $51K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair portion do receive medical benefits and approximately one-half have dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Architectural Interns making up 59 percent of workers. Most Architectural Interns like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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  
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  
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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It's not very common for Architectural Interns to move on to become Senior Associate Architects. Typical pay for a Senior Associate Architect is $85K annually. The most common next step for an Architectural Intern is to become an Architect or a Design Architect. The former position pays an additional $17K per year on average, and the latter position pays $14K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Architectural Intern

Architectural Interns report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Autodesk 3ds Max. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to know Autodesk Revit Architecture and 3D Rendering.

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$40,000
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For Architectural Interns, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 12 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Dallas, Austin, Washington, and Los Angeles, where Architectural Interns typically earn around 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent more than usual. Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (2 percent lower) and Portland (1 percent lower).

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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%