Salary for Architects (not including Landscape and Naval)

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Architects design and plan public and private structures. They take into account the end purpose of the space, and the space required. While responsible for incorporating some engineering details into the design, the primary function of an architect is to create an aesthetically pleasing environment that conforms to a client's desires. They may take into account the function and appearance of specific materials, lighting, color, equipment costs, and construction time when developing a design, and often visit construction sites during the building process to ensure compliance with the original plans. Architects may also handle contracts with building contractors. Post-secondary degrees are required for this occupation. Additional licensing requirements may exist, and knowledge of industry computer programs is compulsory.

A Architect will normally get salaries ranging from $49,950 - $136,310 based on the level of education. Architects will normally receive a salary of eigthy-nine thousand four hundred and seventy dollars yearly.

Architects are compensated most highly in District of Columbia, where they can earn an average pay rate of near $109,540. They can get the best pay in Finance and Insurance, where they earn an average job salary of $121,200.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 34.56 percent nationwide in that time.


Architects (not including Landscape and Naval) tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
Health Care and Social Assistance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Retail Trade