Entry-Level Design Architect Salary

The average Entry-Level Design Architect earns approximately $51K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Design Architects can bottom out near $36K or peak near $74K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Design Architects (51 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Design Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$37,204 - $72,938
$37K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,145
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$14.02 - $29.96
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MEDIAN: $21.55
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$0$75K
Salary $37,204 - $72,938
Bonus $485.89 - $5,181
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,369
Commission $4,500
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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$36,368 - $75,309
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 825
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $14.02 - $29.96
Hourly Tips $13.02
Overtime $19.97 - $41.83
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $485.89 - $5,181
Commission $4,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,369
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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$36,368 - $75,309
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 169

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Popular Employer Salaries for Design Architect


Rtkl Associates, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,424

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

Entry-Level Design Architects will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 12 percent. Entry-Level Design Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+11 percent), Boston (+9 percent), Baltimore (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+3 percent). Entry-Level Design Architects in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Chicago and 7 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Design Architect Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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 Grand Rapids:
"Keep your mind open to opportunities, but don't jump asap."
Keep your mind open to opportunities, but don't jump asap.

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

Key Stats for Design Architect

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
17%
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Skills That Affect Design Architect Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 25%
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