Architectural Design Firm Associates in the United States pull down an average of $62K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,433 - $96,984
(Median)
$33K
$62K
$97K
MEDIAN: $61,740
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$16.45 - $28.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$33,433 - $96,984  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$33,939 - $99,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$23.00  
   
Overtime
$25.18  
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 - $9,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$33,939 - $99,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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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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While Architectural Design Firm Associates do not often become Senior Associate Architects, the job pays $85K per year on average. Architectural Design Firm Associates most often advance into Architect and Design Architect positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Associate - Architectural Design Firm


Survey results suggest that Architectural Design Firm Associates use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, autodesk autocad, Design, and Autodesk Revit Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Design indicates knowledge of Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate - Architectural Design Firm

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Architectural Design Firm Associates generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $43K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $55K. For Architectural Design Firm Associates, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $100K on average.

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Experience Affects Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 67%


National Average
$60,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%


Skills That Affect Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 17%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 14%

National Average
$60,000

Design
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 14%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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