Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salary
Architectural Design Firm Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $65K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Architectural Design Firm Associates (60 percent) who took the survey are female. Although about a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported.
|Salary||$37,000 - $100,000|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $9,787|
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|$34,555 - $106,441|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $9,787|
|Total Pay (||$34,555 - $106,441|
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).Read More...
A degree in a relevant field is highly beneficial for this position, and proficiency in computer programs such as AutoCAD and Design may be necessary. These associates must have a range of skills to serve clients, including computer skills, organization, presentation, planning, communication, and close attention to detail. Leadership, motivation, and interpersonal skills are also beneficial to work well with other employees.
Associates in architectural design firms must be familiar with the local laws which dictate building codes, as their work must always comply with local building codes and conditions of permits. Generally, these associates also help clients with applications for permits.
Experience and good contacts are important for those in this position when it comes to recommending specific materials used for construction of proposed plans; a design which is good on paper still requires careful planning and quality material for good execution. This work can be quite diverse, as clients always have different desires, ideas, and budgets with which to work. Often, these associate are able create niches for themselves in areas they like, such as industrial design, luxury design, or creating an ideal office atmosphere.
Associate - Architectural Design Firm Tasks
- Drafting architecture designs and detailing.
- Assist with permit applications.
- Assist with analyzing building code and permit compliance.
- Create design review drawings and presentations for clients.
Common Career Paths for Associate - Architectural Design Firm
While not commonly seen, Architectural Design Firm Associates who transition into a Senior Associate Architect position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Associate Architects is $85K per year. Architectural Design Firm Associates most often advance into Architect and Design Architect positions even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $8K 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 AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Revit Architecture. The majority of those who know Design also know 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $44K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $55K. Architectural Design Firm Associates claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $100K.
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