Entry-Level Design Architect Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Design Architects is around $50K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Design Architects spread between $36K and $73K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Entry-Level Design Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Entry-Level Design Architects are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and approximately half have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$37,147 - $71,072
$37K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,271
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50%
90%

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$14.75 - $30.13
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,147 - $71,072  
   
Bonus
$207.02 - $5,110  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,040  
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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$36,086 - $73,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 944
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $30.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.02  
Overtime
$19.93 - $40.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$207.02 - $5,110  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,040  
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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$36,086 - $73,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 235

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The biggest paychecks can be found at Rtkl Associates, Inc. — the median salary there is $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,606

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

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Design Architects, 14 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Design Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Entry-Level Design Architects in Miami earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Chicago and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 6 percent less, 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
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
75%
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 106 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 24%
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