Design Architect Salary

Pay for Design Architects in the United States sits in the ballpark of $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 particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and location. Roughly a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a little over a half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Design Architects is high. Male Design Architects are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,346 - $98,515
$40K
$59K
$99K
MEDIAN: $59,415
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$15.22 - $48.64
$15
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $24.12
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$101K
Salary $40,346 - $98,515
Bonus $485.09 - $10,005
Profit Sharing $0.38 - $9,892
Commission $2,000
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).
)
$40,042 - $101,170
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,640
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $15.22 - $48.64
Hourly Tips $26.00
Overtime $20.43 - $48.35
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $485.09 - $10,005
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $0.38 - $9,892
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).
)
$40,042 - $101,170
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 287

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

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...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Design Architects' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Project Architect. The average Senior Project Architect brings home $87K per year. An Architect role is the most common promotion for Design Architects moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $58K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Design Architects is a Project Architect position, where earnings are usually $66K.

Design Architect Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Design Architect


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Design Architects include Hks, Inc., Callison Architecture, Inc., Smithgroup, Inc., Gensler, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Llp. Design Architects flock to Chief Architect for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $110K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Llp. at $87K, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C. at $77K, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Llp, where Design Architects annually earn $70K.

Known for its small paychecks, Callison Architecture, Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $47K — less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Rtkl Associates, Inc. at $50K, Gensler at $52K, and Perkins and Will, where $53K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Design Architect


Design Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed 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

National Average: $59,724

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Design Architects in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Design Architects will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Design Architects' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Design Architects in Miami bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Orlando (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Design Architect Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Design Architect?

Design Architect in Portland:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Creativity and output is satisfying.
Cons: Too much time consumption.

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.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Design Architect

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Design Architect Salaries

▲55%

▲25%

▲3%

National Average
$60,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 20%
ADVERTISEMENT