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The average pay for an Architectural Designer is $20.76 per hour.

The average pay for an Architectural Designer is $40,420 per year.

MEDIAN $40,420
$39,463 - $41,533
MEDIAN: $40,420

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Salary $40,420
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$38,885 - $52,466
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

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, architectural designers work with engineers to create a design that works within the client's budget. During construction, they provide drawings to the construction team and monitor progress to make sure it is faithful to the design. Once the project is finished, the designer must inspect the building to make sure it meets the clients' standards.


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.

Architectural Designer Job Listings

NORR Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Architectural Designer in New York:
"Ask for more money."
As a female architect, I think we should demand better salaries and better job opportunities.

Architectural Designer in San Francisco:
Pros: The opportunity to shape our built environment and solve our housing crisis.
Cons: Size of the company, projects with larger development companies creating suburbs.

Architectural Designer in New Delhi:
"Role in sustainable architecture."
Work with passion and honesty and responsibility. Sensitivity towards nature is of prime importance. Set a goal and stick to it. Architecture is a wast field .

Architectural Designer in Roanoke:
"Intern Life."
Gain as much experience in as many areas as possible as fast as possible.

Architectural Designer in Nashville:
"Mixed thoughts."
Pros: The studio environment is great for a collaborative working place, the projects the firm gets to work on are often really good, and the team of employees work well together.
Cons: Of the two partners, one micromanages way too much to the point where it almost becomes an issue, the office chairs are over 30 years old and highly uncomfortable and they won't replace them. There is no set guidelines to office hierarchy of positions within the office as a way of promoting individuals.

Architectural Designer in Haddonfield:
There is a deception of salary given the illusion of architects being considered professionals. Based on what I see, it seems architects are paid closer to blue collar workers than they are professionals.

Architectural Designer in Honolulu:
"Challenging But Fulfilling."
Becoming an architect is a lifelong commitment. There are constant challenges and new technology to learn. The salary is not as high as you might expect for the amount of hours worked. It's a Job that requires a lot of passion and dedication.

Key Stats for Architectural Designer

Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
1-4 years

Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 91%
vision benefits
Vision: 91%
no benefits
None: 9%