The average salary for an Early-Career Architectural Designer in Chicago, Illinois is $49,609.
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Job Description for Architectural Designer
Architectural designers design such projects as buildings, urban landscapes, and parks. In some cases, designers will work as a part of a company or studio, although they can also work independently. They meet with the client to discuss the client's budget and preferences. They then consult with the landscape consultant to understand the construction site and create different concepts for the project for presentation to the client. After incorporating in client comments on concepts, architectura…Read more
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.
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Popular Skills for Architectural Designer
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Skills in Autodesk Revit Architecture, Design and 3D Rendering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk AutoCAD.
Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Designer
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 $44,547 based on 23 salaries. A mid-career Architectural Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,775 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Architectural Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,460 based on 6 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $79,480.
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Employees with Architectural Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 20.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (14.0% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (10.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2.5% less).
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