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Highest Paying Industries for Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers

The top 100 highest paying industries for architects, surveyors, and cartographers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $101,550, professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers is the highest paying industry for architects, surveyors, and cartographers. It is followed by other amusement and recreation industries industry (average annual salary $93,880). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of architects, surveyors, and cartographers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$101,550
40
2 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$93,880
60
3 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$93,330
30
4 Testing Laboratories
$93,150
220
5 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$92,490
n/a
6 Support Activities for Water Transportation
$90,740
n/a
7 Support Activities for Transportation
$90,560
n/a
8 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$90,110
2,840
9 Federal government, including USPS
$90,040
2,920
10 Postal Service (federal government)
$89,920
80
11 Transportation and Warehousing
$89,120
340
12 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$88,950
50
13 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$87,590
80
14 Hospitals - Privately owned
$87,590
80
15 Hospitals - State government owned
$87,470
70
16 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$87,140
160
17 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$86,140
100
18 Health Care and Social Assistance
$85,890
210
19 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$85,410
140
20 Specialized Design Services
$84,130
910
21 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$82,640
260
22 Educational Services - Local government owned
$81,450
220
23 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$81,430
200
24 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$81,260
n/a
25 Social Assistance
$80,640
n/a
26 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$80,480
220
27 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$80,220
220
28 Educational Services - Privately owned
$79,300
230
29 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$77,710
1,250
30 Lessors of Real Estate
$77,360
130
31 Scientific Research and Development Services
$76,140
340
32 Educational Services
$75,540
1,340
33 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$74,340
1,090
34 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$73,750
4,010
35 State government, including schools and hospitals
$73,740
4,960
36 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$73,440
15,620
37 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$73,120
14,350
38 Federal, State, and Local Government
$73,120
14,350
39 Employment Services
$73,080
1,200
40 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$72,980
870
41 Educational Services - State government owned
$72,940
880
42 Natural Gas Distribution
$72,670
190
43 Death Care Services
$72,660
40
44 Personal and Laundry Services
$72,660
40
45 Finance and Insurance
$72,060
70
46 Wholesale Trade
$71,550
n/a
47 Temporary Help Services
$69,790
830
48 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$69,620
110
49 Support Activities for Mining
$69,080
480
50 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$68,740
360
51 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$68,530
100
52 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$68,210
30
53 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,970
127,240
54 Utilities
$67,950
730
55 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$67,940
122,770
56 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$67,900
n/a
57 Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$67,380
50
58 Residential Building Construction
$66,800
1,490
59 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$66,750
530
60 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$66,610
n/a
61 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$65,370
2,470
62 Pipeline Transportation
$65,030
140
63 Engineering Services
$64,980
26,640
64 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$64,890
7,740
65 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$64,850
470
66 Construction of Buildings
$64,820
3,450
67 Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$64,570
70
68 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$64,220
7,510
69 Real Estate
$63,940
440
70 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$63,450
2,350
71 Construction
$63,370
6,460
72 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$63,240
330
73 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$63,100
60
74 Nonresidential Building Construction
$63,080
1,950
75 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$62,990
30
76 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$62,400
60
77 Telecommunications
$62,220
70
78 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$62,080
n/a
79 Utility System Construction
$62,010
570
80 Mining
$61,090
1,280
81 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$60,930
1,210
82 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,660
340
83 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$60,650
110
84 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$60,210
110
85 Building Equipment Contractors
$60,210
130
86 Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers
$60,000
50
87 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,980
80
88 Information
$59,380
200
89 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$59,380
40
90 Activities Related to Real Estate
$59,320
250
91 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$58,730
200
92 Oil and Gas Extraction
$57,970
250
93 Specialty Trade Contractors
$57,640
670
94 Manufacturing
$57,590
440
95 Metal Ore Mining
$57,510
160
96 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$57,320
n/a
97 Other Financial Investment Activities
$57,180
n/a
98 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$57,040
5,130
99 Software Publishers
$57,010
n/a
100 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$56,980
550