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How Much Does a Design Architect Earn In The United States?

Design Architect Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
$45,000
$65,000
$96,000
Design architects in the United States make an average salary of $65,857 per year or $31.66 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $45,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $96,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Massachusetts, Maryland, Arizona, California, and New Hampshire provide the highest design architect salaries.
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Where Design Architects Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where design architects earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Design Architects Earn In Different Cities?

While a design architect can average a salary of $65,857 per year, or $31.66 per hour, there are many opportunities for design architects to make more. For example, in Boston, MA you might make $86,268 per year. Other high-paying locations include San Francisco, CA, Baltimore, MD and New York, NY. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Boston, MA where the average starting salary is $51,000. The highest paying states for design architects include Massachusetts, Maryland and Arizona. Meanwhile, Iowa, Idaho, and North Dakota offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. Boston, MA
$86,268
Avg. Salary
$37k
$116k
2. San Francisco, CA
$82,936
Avg. Salary
$37k
$116k
3. Baltimore, MD
$77,983
Avg. Salary
$37k
$116k
4. New York, NY
$74,670
Avg. Salary
$37k
$116k
5. Washington, DC
$74,361
Avg. Salary
$37k
$116k
6. Bloomington, IL
$74,127
Avg. Salary
$37k
$116k

High Paying Design Architect Jobs

Which Companies Pay Design Architects The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like PALM BANCORP and Advanced Micro Devices as they offer the highest salaries for design architects.
Company
Avg. Salary
$66k
$171k
Avg. Salary
$66k
$171k
Avg. Salary
$66k
$171k
Avg. Salary
$66k
$171k
Avg. Salary
$66k
$171k

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    How Experience Affects Design Architect Salaries

    The salary for a design architect can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    $78,000
    $78,000
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    Saint Louis, MO
    06/10/2019
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    $135,000
    $135,000
    06/10/2019
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    Seattle, WA
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    $57,800
    $57,800
    06/07/2019