Architectural Intern Salary

Architectural Interns in the United States can expect to earn an average of $43K per year. Cash earnings for Architectural Interns — including $3K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $52K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Male Architectural Interns are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. Most Architectural Interns like their work and job satisfaction is high. Roughly a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and a little less than one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,576 - $51,697
$35K
$43K
$52K
MEDIAN: $42,918
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$11.83 - $22.45
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MEDIAN: $17.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$34,576 - $51,697  
   
Bonus
$98.99 - $2,930  
Profit Sharing
$110.00 - $2,750  
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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$29,699 - $51,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 638
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $22.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20  
Overtime
$14.92 - $34.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$98.99 - $2,930  
   
Profit Sharing
$110.00 - $2,750  
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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$29,699 - $51,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 440

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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.

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Architectural Interns' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Associate Architect. The average Senior Associate Architect brings home $85K per year. It is quite typical for Architectural Interns to transition into roles as Architects or Design Architects, where reported median earnings are $16K and $14K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Architectural Intern


Mulvannyg2 Architecture, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $39K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $34K to $53K.

Popular Skills for Architectural Intern


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Computer Aided Design, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Design 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: $41,330

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

Architectural Interns will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 10 percent. Architectural Interns will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+10 percent), Denver (+9 percent), Portland (+7 percent), and San Francisco (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with New York Architectural Interns earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Boulder and 6 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 124 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Architectural Intern Salaries

▲25%

▲11%

National Average
$41,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Architectural Intern Salaries




▲2%





Adobe Photoshop
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autodesk autocad
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

3D Max
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National Average
$41,000

▼1%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 33%