$59,694
Avg. Salary
$24.32
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,641

Bonus

$2,028

Profit Sharing

$7,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Design Architect is $24.32 per hour.

The average pay for a Design Architect is $59,694 per year.

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$15.23
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$46.70
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$41k
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MEDIAN $59,694
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$0$103K
Salary $40,887 - $100,195
Bonus $496 - $10,069
Profit Sharing $8.00 - $11,718
Commission $203 - $30,304
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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$40,199 - $103,228
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,048
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $15.23 - $46.70
Hourly Tips $26.00
Overtime $20.71 - $48.80
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $496 - $10,069
Commission $203 - $30,304
Profit Sharing $8.00 - $11,718
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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$40,199 - $103,228
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 513

Job Description for Design Architect

Design architects generally design buildings or other structures such as statues and water fountains for their employer. They work on design projects from start to finish, consulting with clients, creating and editing draft designs, and monitoring project progress throughout construction. Design architects must keep their supervisors and other team members up to date on all updates to projects, and they may go to construction sites to monitor construction progress in person and help conduct troubleshooting as needed. Sometimes, design architects coordinate construction projects as well; this requires coordinating the work of a wide number of construction and design team members to ensure a project is completed successfully within project specifications, deadlines and budget.

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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Design Architects include Hks, Inc., Callison Architecture, Inc., Smithgroup, Inc., Gensler, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Llp. Design Architects flock to Chief Architect for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $110K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Llp. at $87K, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C. at $77K, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Llp, where Design Architects annually earn $70K.

Known for its small paychecks, Callison Architecture, Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $47K — less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Rtkl Associates, Inc. at $50K, Gensler at $52K, and Perkins and Will, where $53K is the norm.

Common Career Paths for Design Architect


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Design Architects' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Project Architect. The average Senior Project Architect brings home $87K per year. An Architect role is the most common promotion for Design Architects moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $58K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Design Architects is a Project Architect position, where earnings are usually $66K.

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Popular Skills for Design Architect


Design Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Project Coordinating, Design, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator, 3D Rendering, and 3D Max. Those educated in Adobe Photoshop tend to be well versed in Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Design Architect

Pay by Experience for a Design Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Design Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,186 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Design Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 750 salaries. An experienced Design Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 582 salaries. A Design Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 332 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,152

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

Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Design Architects in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Design Architects will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Design Architects' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Design Architects in Miami bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Orlando (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Design Architect Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Design Architect?

Design Architect in Portland:
"Work flexibility."
Pros: Creativity and output is satisfying.
Cons: Too much time consumption.

Design Architect in Miami:
"Listen."
Listen and learn what they have to tell you. Don't expect anything large just do the project with passion.

Design Architect in New York:
"Path to design architect."
Pursue the practice are of your own interest. Find a mentor with whom you have a shared vision. Cultivate the right clients for your approach.

Design Architect in Victoria:
"Research the pay and benefits prior to embarking."
Research the quality of life you will enjoy for the first 20 years of your career, which will not pay very well.

Design Architect in Seattle:
"Great until 2 years ago."
Pros: The people.
Cons: Current management has lost its ability to lead the firm in an empowering way. Culture is suffering as a consequence.

Design Architect in San Francisco:
"Ask for exactly what you want for compensation."

Design Architect in San Francisco:
Pros: Critical thinking is required on a daily basis and every project is a new experience.
Cons: Some of the tasks become tedious and repetitive.

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Key Stats for Design Architect

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 368 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Design Architect Salaries

▲54%

▲25%

▲2%

National Average
$60,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 368 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 19%