Average Entry-Level Architectural Designer Salary

$45,888
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,029
Bonus
$1,200
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Architectural Designer is $45,888.
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$37k
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$46k
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$56k
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MEDIAN $45,888
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Salary
$37k - $56k
Bonus
$205 - $3k
Profit Sharing
$200 - $4k
Total Pay
$35k - $56k

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Job Description for Architectural Designer

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.

Career Paths

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Architectural Designer
Design Architect
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Architectural Designer

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

Pay by Experience Level for Architectural Designer

An early career Architectural Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $49,990 based on 3,106 salaries. A mid-career Architectural Designer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,948 based on 1,133 salaries. An experienced Architectural Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $62,575 based on 580 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $65,234.
Employees with Architectural Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 12.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (9.2% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (7.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8.3% less) and Chicago, Illinois (1.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 5,077 survey responses.
Early Career
61.2%
Mid Career
22.3%
Experienced
11.4%
Late Career
5.1%