Median pay for Entry-Level Design Architects is around $50K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Design Architects bottoms out near $36K and approaches $71K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of Entry-Level Design Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly more than a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and about one-half receive dental plans. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Design Architects making up 54 percent of survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,254 - $68,718
$37K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,624
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$14.74 - $29.90
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MEDIAN: $21.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,254 - $68,718  
   
Bonus
$397.99 - $5,053  
Profit Sharing
$8.30 - $7,369  
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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$35,833 - $70,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,016
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $29.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.02  
Overtime
$19.56 - $38.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$397.99 - $5,053  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$8.30 - $7,369  
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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$35,833 - $70,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 248

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Those at Rtkl Associates, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,963

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

Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Entry-Level Design Architects in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Design Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), Baltimore (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Chicago and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 2 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
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.
075
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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