Average Architectural Designer Salary

$53,058
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,934
Bonus
$7,500
Commission
$1,765
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The average salary for an Architectural Designer is $53,058.
10%
$41k
MEDIAN
$53k
90%
$71k
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$41k - $71k
Bonus
$493 - $5k
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$497 - $5k
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$3k - $15k
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$40k - $72k
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What Do Architectural Designers Do?

Architectural Designer Tasks
  • Produce CAD drawings, renderings, layouts and color boards for specific architectural design.
  • Compile data and perform dimensional and routine calculations required for the preparation of drawings and design layouts.
  • Research and develop design and product solutions and presents them for consideration.
  • Produce drawings and specifications that have been red lined by others.
  • Use technical manuals to ensure compliance with required codes and standards.

Job Satisfaction for Architectural Designer

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The top respondents for the job title Architectural Designer are from the companies Gensler, HDR, Inc. and Stantec Architecture Ltd.. Reported salaries are highest at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Llp where the average pay is $62,383. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include HDR, Inc. and Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., earning around $59,761 and $58,559, respectively. Cuningham Group Architecture pays the lowest at around $46,620. Stantec Architecture Ltd. and Gensler also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $53,480 and $54,993, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Architectural Designers?

Skills in Autodesk Revit Architecture and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, 3D Rendering and Autodesk AutoCAD.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Designers?

An entry-level Architectural Designer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $46,869 based on 282 salaries. An early career Architectural Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,191 based on 3,555 salaries. A mid-career Architectural Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,274 based on 1,271 salaries. An experienced Architectural Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,195 based on 542 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $64,809.
Employees with Architectural Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 16.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (11.6% more) and Los Angeles, California (3.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5.7% less) and Chicago, Illinois (1.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,899 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.8%
Early Career
60.3%
Mid Career
21.5%
Experienced
9.2%
Late Career
4.2%