Architect earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Architect salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New York $107,868
Massachusetts $93,920
District of Columbia $92,490
Texas $86,160
California $87,180
Alaska $93,180
New Jersey $83,590
Alabama $84,170
Indiana $79,760
New Hampshire $83,210
West Virginia $82,990
Guam $75,490
Kansas $77,950
Minnesota $82,260
Maryland $80,010
Nebraska $80,390
Oklahoma $77,650
South Carolina $78,790
Wyoming $81,910
Virginia $83,040
North Carolina $78,200
Illinois $74,609
Oregon $75,190
Connecticut $80,040
Delaware $73,610
Hawaii $74,151
Florida $70,740
Ohio $76,720
Tennessee $73,760
South Dakota $78,030
North Dakota $72,720
Rhode Island $78,190
Washington $74,740
Wisconsin $75,600
Idaho $71,190
Missouri $72,380
Iowa $67,290
Louisiana $70,780
Arizona $71,592
Michigan $70,640
Nevada $81,820
Kentucky $68,910
Colorado $65,690
Mississippi $66,520
New Mexico $68,320
Pennsylvania $66,239
Vermont $69,080
Maine $76,600
Arkansas $63,220
Utah $65,250
Puerto Rico $49,830

How much does an Architect earn?

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.

How do architect salaries compare to similar careers?

Architects earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than games artists but more than industrial designers.

Career Median Salary
Games artist salary $90K
Certified professional organizer salary $44K
Make-Up artist salary $64K
Fashion designer salary $73K
Filmmaker salary $73K
Architect salary $79K
Film director salary $72K
Multimedia animator salary $73K
Urban planner salary $73K
Industrial designer salary $67K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)