Architectural Intern Salary

Architectural Interns in the United States can expect wages of $43K annually on average. In the world of Architectural Interns, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $30K and $52K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Architectural Interns (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,557 - $52,625
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$44K
$53K
MEDIAN: $43,596
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$11.75 - $22.92
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$0$52K
Salary $34,557 - $52,625
Bonus $0.00 - $3,108
Profit Sharing $194.89 - $3,041
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,754 - $52,893
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 665
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $11.75 - $22.92
Hourly Tips $0.20
Overtime $16.00 - $35.73
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,108
Profit Sharing $194.89 - $3,041
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,754 - $52,893
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 477

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Job Description for Architectural Intern

An architectural intern is normally the entry-level position for an individual trained to be an architect. These internships are normally paid positions for individuals who have completed formal training and basic certification in the field. The intern normally works under the supervision of senior architects and partners within a firm, learning techniques, demonstrating their skills, and building a resume for future employment. Companies may make a job offer to successful candidates at the conclusion of the internship.

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Architectural Intern Tasks

  • Assist in the streamlining of the architectural design process from conceptual design through overall completion of projects.
  • Perform redline changes and revisions.
  • Assist with contract administration responsibilities.
  • Create three dimensional building information modeling and two-dimensional construction documentation using software.
  • May participate in the architectural design process and develop alternative solutions and presentation graphics.

Common Career Paths for Architectural Intern


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Architectural Interns may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Associate Architect, where median compensation is $85K annually. When Architectural Interns are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Architects or Design Architects. Those roles pay an additional $16K and $14K, respectively.

Architectural Intern Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Architectural Intern


Mulvannyg2 Architecture, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $39K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $34K to $53K.

Popular Skills for Architectural Intern


Architectural Interns seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Computer Aided Design, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Adobe Photoshop are, more often than not, also skilled in 3D Rendering and AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,965

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Architectural Interns, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Architectural Interns can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+9 percent), Denver (+8 percent), Portland (+5 percent), and San Francisco (+5 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with New York Architectural Interns earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Boulder (15 percent less) and Orlando (7 percent less).

Architectural Intern Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Architectural Intern?

Architectural Intern in Dallas:
Pros: I wear a lot of hats. By that I mean, there are so many different tasks, you will not become bored w/ monotony. Maybe down the road it will seem that way, but till then...
Cons: Some days, I don't know what I'm doing, or need to do. Or have so many things to do, I'm not sure what to do first. It can be overwhelming. I've had managers that could guide me through things like this, but I made less there. At this locations, I'm given very little direction or supervision, and have to find a way through it. It's a huge mixed bag.

Architectural Intern in Bozeman:
"Passionately Optimistic."
Pros: The work is creative and different every day. I enjoy making our clients happy and we do make a difference in peoples lives- however design has more potential to do so than our firm is currently capable of. I am constantly learning more about my profession because I get to work directly with our principal architect. It is only stressful about 5% of the time. The management is laid back. Because I work in a small firm I get to do a lot of tasks that are not usually given to a junior architect. Looking forward to continuing to learn more and get licensed in about 18 months.
Cons: School didn't teach me enough. Professors are living in la-la land so I don't feel like my education should have taken so long to achieve, nor is it worth the cost. Since junior architects learn nothing in school they are not very valuable to their employers until they gain experience. The worst thing about my job is how much I get paid. After spending 6 years in college to earn the degree I need to be an architect I feel I should be making at least 40K a year if now 50K. At this rate I will be paying off my student loans forever. Also working in a small firm our only benefit is flexible hours, free coffee and beer. No paid leave, no 401K, no medical benefits.

Architectural Intern in New York:
"Arch Salary CS."
Pros: The responsibility and creativity.
Cons: The bad pay and the small atmosphere.

Architectural Intern in Orlando:
Pros: The potential of learning new things in programs and how architecture companies work outside of design.
Cons: Not seeing the possibility of growth in the project coordinator way. Having people who have less experience and education manage to make more than me. I know money isn't everything but realizing that you're being taken advantage of isn't the best thing to see. You're expected to stress out and work long hours for nothing.

Architectural Intern in Orlando:
"Compensation."
Pros: Can wear whatever, not overly difficult.
Cons: Poor pay, poor communication, lack of good design, lack of motivation for good design.

Architectural Intern in Houston:
Pros: Interesting project types, flexible work hours, collegial office environment.
Cons: Limited upward mobility, office standards/structure.

Architectural Intern in New York:
"Architectural Intern."
Pros: Working with architects and in New York City, being creative.
Cons: No overtime pay, some tasks that are below my education level, high stress deadlines, encouragement to stay late, discouraged to take time off.

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Key Stats for Architectural Intern

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Architectural Intern Salaries

▲23%

▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Architectural Intern Salaries




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National Average
$42,000

autodesk autocad
▼1%


Microsoft Office
▼1%

3D Max
▼1%

Adobe Photoshop
▼2%

▼3%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 35%
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