The average salary for an Early-Career Architectural Designer is $50,550.
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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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Architectural Designer
The top respondents for the job title Architectural Designer are from the companies Gensler, Stantec Architecture Ltd. and HDR, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Llp where the average pay is $61,007. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include HDR, Inc. and Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., earning around $60,176 and $56,486, respectively. Cuningham Group Architecture pays the lowest at around $47,917. Callison Architecture, Inc. and Stantec Architecture Ltd. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $51,413 and $52,933, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Architectural Designer
Autodesk Revit Architecture
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.
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 $46,182 based on 272 salaries. A mid-career Architectural Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,538 based on 1,200 salaries. An experienced Architectural Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,880 based on 584 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $64,029.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Architectural Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 17.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (11.3% more) and Seattle, Washington (4.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6.5% less) and Chicago, Illinois (2.1% less).
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