Entry-Level Design Architect Salary

Entry-Level Design Architects take home an average $50K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Design Architects bottoms out near $36K and approaches $72K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Design Architects making up 53 percent of survey respondents. While slightly more than a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and approximately half have dental, as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$37,499 - $70,096
$37K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,831
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$14.75 - $29.97
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,499 - $70,096  
   
Bonus
$207.67 - $5,089  
Profit Sharing
$15.00 - $7,795  
Commission
$4,500  
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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$36,151 - $71,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 948
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $29.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.02  
Overtime
$19.61 - $39.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$207.67 - $5,089  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$15.00 - $7,795  
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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$36,151 - $71,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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Entry-Level Design Architects seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Rtkl Associates, Inc., where the average salary comes to $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,126

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

For Entry-Level Design Architects, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Design Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+13 percent), Boston (+12 percent), Baltimore (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Design Architect Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Design Architect in Miami:
`"$Listen."`
Listen and learn what they have to tell you. Don't expect anything large just do the project with passion.

Design Architect in New York:
`"$Path to design architect."`
Pursue the practice are of your own interest. Find a mentor with whom you have a shared vision. Cultivate the right clients for your approach.

Design Architect in Victoria:
`"$Research the pay and benefits prior to embarking."`
Research the quality of life you will enjoy for the first 20 years of your career, which will not pay very well.

Design Architect in Grand Rapids:
`"$Keep your mind open to opportunities, but don't jump asap."`
Keep your mind open to opportunities, but don't jump asap.

Key Stats for Design Architect

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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