Career Attributes

  • $72,696
  • 128,800
  • 3.2
  • 4.2%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Architecture
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How much does an Architect make in the United States?

Average Architect Yearly Salary in the United States

Architects earn an average yearly salary of $72,697. Salaries typically start from $36,552 and go up to $112,286.

Average Architect Hourly Wage in the United States

Architects earn an average hourly wage of $34.95. Hourly wages typically start from $17.57 and go up to $53.98.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

Learn more about the Architect job market for salaries of real jobs in your area.

The salary for a beginning architect depends in part on where he or she is located. California and New York typically pay higher wages, and a few states, including Mississippi, North Dakota and Maine, have the lowest wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the lowest paid 10 percent of all architects nationwide received just under $43,000 per year (these are typically new architects who lack experience). The highest-paid architects, those who've been on the job for years, earned over $119,000, and median pay for all architects was about $72,000.

The size of the company has a lot to do with how much money an architect is able to earn. According to the American Institute of Architects, architectural firms with more than 250 employees typically pay at least 18 percent above the national average in wages for experienced architects, and 12 percent higher for those just entering the field. Firms with fewer than 10 employees report salaries about 21 percent below the national average for those with experience and about 11 percent below average for new architects.

Benefits offered by an employer can make quite a difference to an employee. Such benefits include health insurance, life insurance, sick pay, and paid vacation. Employers may also offer their employees bonuses, overtime pay and other cash incentives. The American Institute of Architects reports that these types of benefits contributed about 14 percent to the overall pay of experienced architects, but only about seven percent for those new to the job.

Employment Type Mix

78%
Full-Time
22%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Architect demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.8
SCORE
1279
RATINGS
Architects average a score of 2.8 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Architects in the 23th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Architect satisfaction

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Architect Earnings by Seniority

Top End Architect Earnings

The highest earning Architects in the United States earn:

$53.98
an hour
$112,286.0
per year
Senior Architect Earnings

Senior Architects in the United States earn:

$41.21
an hour
$85,724.4
per year
Experienced Architect Earnings

Experienced Architects in the United States earn:

$30.70
an hour
$63,858.8
per year
Junior Architect Earnings

Junior Architects in the United States earn:

$22.72
an hour
$47,252.8
per year
Starting Architect Earnings

Starting Architects in the United States earn:

$17.57
an hour
$36,552.5
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Architect Salary Comparison

Architects earn more than 92% percent of similar careers in the United States.

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Film Director Salary $85k
Construction Manager Salary $78k
Filmmaker Salary $72k
Architect Salary $72k
Industrial Designer Salary $66k
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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Architect salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Architect Salary in United States $34.95 $72,696.7 # 1
Architect Salary in California $27.46 $57,127.2 # 2
Architect Salary in Texas $26.26 $54,617.8 # 3
Architect Salary in New York $24.20 $50,336.4 # 4

Career Attributes

  • $72,696
  • 128,800
  • 3.2
  • 4.2%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Architecture
More Attributes