Architect Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $21.60 $35.63 $57.39
Annual Wage $44,900 $74,100 $119,400
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Architects design buildings and structures, such as office buildings, private residences, factories, theaters, and other structural property. This includes estimating how much equipment, materials, and construction time will be necessary to complete the structure. Architects often meet with clients to determine the specific requirements and objectives for their buildings. They often visit worksites to ensure that the construction process is going according to plan.

In May 2012, the median annual wage for architects was just over $73,000. The lowest ten percent earned less than $45,000, while the top ten percent earned over $118,000 a year.

Many firms that employ architects are willing to pay tuition fees toward continuing education and cover the costs of tuition.

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