Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salary

Architectural Design Firm Associates in the United States can expect wages of $60K annually on average. Cash earnings for Architectural Design Firm Associates — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $110K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Architectural Design Firm Associates making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Although just under a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,947 - $102,993
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,176
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$11.92 - $54.81
(Median)
$12
$23
$55
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,947 - $102,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,205  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,109  
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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$32,453 - $109,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $54.81  
   
Overtime
$11.75 - $60.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,205  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,109  
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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$32,453 - $109,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Associate - Architectural Design Firm

Associates in architectural design firms are highly familiar with the world of design and often have prior experience and education within it to develop a high degree of creativity and a diverse range of skills. Depending on the state in which he/she works, a designer's license may be necessary; the most commonly recognized is from The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

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Associate - Architectural Design Firm Tasks

  • Assist with analyzing building code and permit compliance.
  • Create design review drawings and presentations for clients.
  • Drafting architecture designs and detailing.
  • Assist with permit applications.

Common Career Paths for Associate - Architectural Design Firm


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Architectural Design Firm Associates who advance into the role of a Senior Associate Architect are fairly uncommon. Senior Associate Architects on average earn $85K per year. It is more probable, however, that Architectural Design Firm Associates become Architects or Design Architects.

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Popular Skills for Associate - Architectural Design Firm


Architectural Design Firm Associates report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Drafting & Design and Adobe Photoshop. Aptitude in Autodesk Revit Architecture tends to also indicate an understanding of Design.

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Experience Affects Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

National Average
$57,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 21%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$57,000

Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 6%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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