For Design Architects in Portland, Ore., yearly average wages total $54K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Men working as Design Architects in Portland who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 56 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$40,193 - $178,793
MEDIAN: $53,755

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$40,143 - $146,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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About Portland, Oregon

Multnomah County, Oregon
313,516 (49.6%)
318,671 (50.4%)
Portland (/ˈpɔːrtlənd/) is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is located in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The city covers 145 square miles (380 square kilometers) and had an estimated population of 632,309 in 2015, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States. Approximately 2,389,228 people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the 23rd most populous MSA in the United States. Its Combined Statistical Area (CSA) ranks 17th with a population of 3,022,178. Roughly 60% of Oregon's population resides within the Portland metropolitan area. Named after the city on the coast of Maine, the Oregon settlement began to be populated in the 1830s near the end of the Oregon Trail. Its water access provided convenient transportation of goods, and the timber industry was a...

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Pay by Experience Level for Design Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Design Architects in Portland, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $51K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $58K on average. For Design Architects in Portland, Ore., 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $80K.

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Experience Affects Design Architect Salaries

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National Average

Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

Project Management
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3D Max
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Adobe InDesign
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite

National Average

Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Graphic Design
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Microsoft Office
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Project Coordinating
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autodesk autocad
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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3D Rendering
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Job Satisfaction

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


44 %
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 13%