Entry-Level Design Architects take home an average $49K per year. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Design Architects stretch from $36K on the lower end to $69K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. Most Entry-Level Design Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Entry-Level Design Architects are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$37,287 - $67,754
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$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,447
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$14.80 - $29.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,287 - $67,754  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $5,041  
Profit Sharing
$0.40 - $7,830  
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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$35,834 - $69,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,066
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $29.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.02  
Overtime
$19.08 - $36.66  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$304.10 - $5,041  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.40 - $7,830  
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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$35,834 - $69,317  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 254

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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: $49,789

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

Surpassing the national average by 12 percent, Entry-Level Design Architects in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Design Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+11 percent), Boston (+7 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (7 percent less) and Houston (4 percent less).

Design Architect Advice

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
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$50,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

3D Max
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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