A Design Architect earns an average salary of $55,207 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience strongly influences income for this job. A skill in Project Management is associated with high pay for this job.
Design Architect Total Pay (?
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$39,446 - $91,017
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MEDIAN: $55,207
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Design Architect Total Pay (?
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$14.91 - $41.25
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,446 - $91,017  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,814  
Profit Sharing
$411.16 - $9,847  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$38,956 - $95,651  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,868
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $41.25  
   
Overtime
$14.83 - $42.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,814  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,500  
Profit Sharing
$411.16 - $9,847  
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).
)
$38,956 - $95,651  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,868
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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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Experience Affects Design Architect Salaries

National Average
$56,000

Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

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$56,000
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Gender
Female
32%
female alumni
 
Male
68%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 18%
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