Average Design Architect Salary

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The average salary for a Design Architect is $59,847.
MEDIAN $59,847
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$42k - $101k
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$8 - $12k
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$41k - $103k

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Job Description for Design Architect

Design Architect Tasks
  • Assist team in developing and implementing design concepts for both interior and building projects.
  • Mentor younger staff to develop their design skills.
  • Work with clients in the pre-design phase to generate designs.

Popular Employer Salaries for Design Architect

The top respondents for the job title Design Architect are from the companies Gensler, Hks, Inc. and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Llp. Reported salaries are highest at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Llp where the average pay is $82,424. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Hks, Inc. and HOK, earning around $70,000 and $65,000, respectively. Smithgroup, Inc. pays the lowest at around $54,986. Aecom Corporation and Gensler also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $57,206 and $63,871, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Design Architect

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

Pay by Experience Level for Design Architect

An entry-level Design Architect with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $47,202 based on 446 salaries. An early career Design Architect with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,677 based on 1,466 salaries. A mid-career Design Architect with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $61,732 based on 932 salaries. An experienced Design Architect with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $76,115 based on 679 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $93,703.
Employees with Design Architect in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 16.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (4.8% more) and Seattle, Washington (2.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (4.8% less) and New York, New York (1.3% less).

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