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Highest Paying Industries for Architects (Except Naval)

The top 79 highest paying industries for architects (except naval) (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 $138,410, testing laboratories is the highest paying industry for architects (except naval). It is followed by information industry (average annual salary $130,590). 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 (except naval) in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 79 Highest Paying Industries for Architects (Except Naval)

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Testing Laboratories
$138,410
100
2 Information
$130,590
60
3 Scientific Research and Development Services
$116,090
100
4 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$114,270
90
5 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$112,750
110
6 Utilities
$111,560
70
7 Finance and Insurance
$102,080
40
8 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$95,620
30
9 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$94,260
60
10 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$92,700
n/a
11 Federal government, including USPS
$90,740
1,900
12 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$90,740
1,830
13 Postal Service (federal government)
$89,920
80
14 Transportation and Warehousing
$89,920
120
15 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$87,590
80
16 Hospitals - Privately owned
$87,590
80
17 Hospitals - State government owned
$87,470
70
18 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$87,260
120
19 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$87,140
160
20 Health Care and Social Assistance
$87,100
200
21 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$86,880
40
22 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$86,140
100
23 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$85,250
5,420
24 Federal, State, and Local Government
$85,250
5,420
25 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$84,830
150
26 Educational Services - Local government owned
$84,630
180
27 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$84,480
6,500
28 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$84,410
n/a
29 Specialized Design Services
$84,240
900
30 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$84,140
1,930
31 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$84,050
1,740
32 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$83,700
170
33 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$83,370
840
34 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$81,660
720
35 Employment Services
$81,550
720
36 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$81,510
190
37 Educational Services - Privately owned
$79,720
200
38 Temporary Help Services
$79,600
500
39 Lessors of Real Estate
$79,360
120
40 Educational Services
$78,710
1,120
41 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$77,900
1,850
42 State government, including schools and hospitals
$77,620
2,670
43 Engineering Services
$77,600
9,600
44 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$77,350
920
45 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$76,500
730
46 Educational Services - State government owned
$76,320
750
47 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,740
90,230
48 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$72,530
88,370
49 Wholesale Trade
$70,850
n/a
50 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$69,630
410
51 Nonresidential Building Construction
$69,370
1,120
52 Construction
$68,710
2,870
53 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$68,500
40
54 Real Estate
$68,110
390
55 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$67,900
n/a
56 Construction of Buildings
$67,750
2,450
57 Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$67,380
50
58 Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$67,070
70
59 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$67,070
70
60 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$66,610
n/a
61 Residential Building Construction
$66,350
1,330
62 Specialty Trade Contractors
$63,510
220
63 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$63,100
60
64 Building Equipment Contractors
$61,500
90
65 Activities Related to Real Estate
$61,180
230
66 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$61,050
80
67 Manufacturing
$60,890
260
68 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$57,260
4,460
69 Administrative and Support Services
$57,210
4,440
70 Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$55,740
70
71 Landscaping Services
$54,330
3,660
72 Services to Buildings and Dwellings
$54,330
3,660
73 Wood Product Manufacturing
$52,620
100
74 Retail Trade
$52,170
410
75 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$52,030
410
76 Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$50,190
60
77 Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$49,460
370
78 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,770
160
79 Social Advocacy Organizations
$45,820
n/a