Average Design Architect Salary

$61,061
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,979
Bonus
$5,000
Commission
$2,260
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The average salary for a Design Architect is $61,061.
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$43k
MEDIAN
$61k
90%
$102k
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$43k - $102k
Bonus
$510 - $10k
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$2 - $15k
Commission
$203 - $30k
Total Pay
$41k - $106k
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What Do Design Architects Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Design Architect

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The top respondents for the job title Design Architect are from the companies Gensler, Hks, Inc. and HOK. Reported salaries are highest at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Llp where the average pay is $90,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Hks, Inc. and Gensler, earning around $75,000 and $74,000, respectively. A. Epstein and Sons International, Inc. pays the lowest at around $50,922. Cannon Design Inc and Gehry Partners, Llp also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $53,000 and $57,999, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Design Architects?

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.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Design Architects?

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 $48,562 based on 142 salaries. An early career Design Architect with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,202 based on 1,065 salaries. A mid-career Design Architect with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,852 based on 598 salaries. An experienced Design Architect with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,606 based on 503 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $99,071.
Employees with Design Architect in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 14.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (10.8% more) and Seattle, Washington (5.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (0.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,580 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.5%
Early Career
41.3%
Mid Career
23.2%
Experienced
19.5%
Late Career
10.5%