Design Architect Salary
For Design Architects, annual average wages total $59K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Design Architects generally range from $40K to $101K depending on individual performance. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and geography are driving factors as well. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to two in five. Work is enjoyable for Design Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$40,503 - $98,089|
|Bonus||$479.00 - $9,945|
|Profit Sharing||$4.79 - $10,127|
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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).)
|$39,907 - $100,974|
|Hourly Rate||$15.42 - $48.69|
|Overtime||$20.77 - $47.85|
|Bonus||$479.00 - $9,945|
|Profit Sharing||$4.79 - $10,127|
|Total Pay (||$39,907 - $100,974|
Job Description for Design Architect
Design architects generally design buildings or other structures such as statues and water fountains for their employer. They work on design projects from start to finish, consulting with clients, creating and editing draft designs, and monitoring project progress throughout construction. Design architects must keep their supervisors and other team members up to date on all updates to projects, and they may go to construction sites to monitor construction progress in person and help conduct troubleshooting as needed. Sometimes, design architects coordinate construction projects as well; this requires coordinating the work of a wide number of construction and design team members to ensure a project is completed successfully within project specifications, deadlines and budget.Read More...
A bachelor's degree in architecture is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position; additional education may be required or preferred. Previous experience in a related role and licensure are generally required or preferred as well. Design architects must have experience with relevant computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD, as well as basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite. They must work effectively with other members of the design team, as well as on their own with minimal supervision; good communication skills are needed, as are the ability to multitask and mentor more junior staff members as required.
Design Architect Tasks
- Assist team in developing and implementing design concepts for both interior and building projects.
- Mentor younger staff to develop their design skills.
- Work with clients in the pre-design phase to generate designs.
Common Career Paths for Design Architect
For Design Architects, progressing to a Senior Project Architect role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Project Architect can earn $87K annually. More often than not, an Architect role is the next step for Design Architects moving up in the field. Pay for Architects is usually $58K. Many Design Architects choose to take on a Project Architect role instead, where salaries are typically $66K.
Popular Employer Salaries for Design Architect
Hks, Inc., Callison Architecture, Inc., Smithgroup, Inc., Gensler, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Llp. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Design Architects. Design Architects flock to Chief Architect for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $110K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Llp., Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Llp, where earnings of $87K, $77K, or $70K are standard for Design Architects.
Callison Architecture, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($47K). Rtkl Associates, Inc., Gensler, and Perkins and Will also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $50K, $52K, and $53K.
Popular Skills for Design Architect
Survey results imply that Design Architects deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Project Coordinating, Design, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator, 3D Rendering, and 3D Max. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in Design.
Pay by Experience Level for Design Architect
Pay by Experience for a Design Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Design Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,186 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Design Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 750 salaries. An experienced Design Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 582 salaries. A Design Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 332 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Design Architects, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Design Architects will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Design Architects in Miami earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Chicago and 7 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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