Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salary

Median pay for Architectural Design Firm Associates in the United States is around $60K annually. In the world of Architectural Design Firm Associates, total cash compensation can vary between $32K and $112K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $5K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Male Architectural Design Firm Associates are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,167 - $102,664
(Median)
$33K
$60K
$100K
MEDIAN: $59,949
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$11.92 - $54.81
(Median)
$12
$22
$55
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$33,167 - $102,664  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,456  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$31,888 - $111,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $54.81  
   
Overtime
$21.33 - $57.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,456  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$31,888 - $111,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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. However, Architectural Design Firm Associates typically graduate to Architects or Design Architects.

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Survey results suggest that Architectural Design Firm Associates put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Revit Architecture, Project Management, AutoCAD, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Design.

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Experience Affects Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%

National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Associate - Architectural Design Firm Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 11%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

National Average
$56,000

Design
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 9%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 25%
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