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Design Architect Salary (United States)

A Design Architect earns an average salary of $56,658 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job. A skill in Project Management is associated with high pay for this job.
Design Architect Salary (?
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$39,949 - $92,325
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MEDIAN: $56,658
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Design Architect Salary (?
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$14.88 - $45.58
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,949 - $92,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,811  
Profit Sharing
$406.45 - $9,973  
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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$39,461 - $97,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,424
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $45.58  
   
Overtime
$15.25 - $43.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,811  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.45 - $9,973  
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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$39,461 - $97,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 639
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Job Description for Design Architect

Design architects need to be creative, systematic thinkers that can create and adapt computer modeled or hand-drawn designs for buildings and everyday objects. Design architects primarily work with 3D rendering, AutoCAD, and other graphic arts software to produce designs. Proficiency in these areas is a must. In addition, design architects must know the building code and construction documentation processes in order to properly create designs. Despite the tech-heavy requirements of the job, design architects also supervise construction sites to confirm that the construction is on track, so design architects can plan to work both indoors and outdoors, and they will need good people skills in order to effectively supervise sites. Design architects will frequently follow one project from start to finish, designing it, presenting it to their superiors, and supervising its completion. Design architects also occasionally coordinate construction projects, leading consultants, contractors, fabricators, specification writers, and design team members. Design architects usually work a standard 9-5, five-day-a-week work schedule, though it can be dependent on the firm. Most companies require a Bachelor of Architecture degree minimally; additional architecture/engineering education is usually a plus, sometimes a requirement. Many architecture firms require 5-10 years of industry-related experience.
Design Architect Tasks
  • Work with clients in the pre-design phase to generate designs.
  • Mentor younger staff to develop their design skills.
  • Assist team in developing and implementing design concepts for both interior and building projects.

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Design Architect Reviews

What is it like working as a Design Architect?
Design Architect in San Francisco:
Pros: Critical thinking is required on a daily basis and every project is a new experience.
Cons: Some of the tasks become tedious and repetitive.

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Experience Affects Design Architect Salaries

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$57,000

Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

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AutoCAD Architecture
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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$57,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 18%