Entry-Level Design Architect Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Design Architects sits in the ballpark of $51K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Design Architects, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $74K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Entry-Level Design Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Entry-Level Design Architects who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$36,791 - $71,475
$37K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,741
10%
50%
90%

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$14.36 - $30.23
$14
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.56
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$0$73K
Salary $36,791 - $71,475
Bonus $411.16 - $5,122
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,183
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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$36,213 - $73,687
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 860
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $14.36 - $30.23
Hourly Tips $13.02
Overtime $19.25 - $40.81
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $411.16 - $5,122
Commission $4,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,183
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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$36,213 - $73,687
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 190

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Rtkl Associates, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,031

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Design Architects, 13 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Design Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+11 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Baltimore (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Design Architect's salary, with Miami Entry-Level Design Architects earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Atlanta (8 percent lower and 7 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.

Design Architect in San Francisco:
"Ask for exactly what you want for compensation."

Key Stats for Design Architect

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
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 102 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 24%
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