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Architects (Except Naval) Salary Information

The salary statistics of architects (except naval) are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of architects (except naval) in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of architects (except naval) within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The architects (except naval) annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Architects (Except Naval) Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$45,660
25th Percentile Wage
$58,680
50th Percentile Wage
$76,590
75th Percentile Wage
$100,550
90th Percentile Wage
$130,610

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for architects (except naval). The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) architects (except naval) is $130,610. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $76,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $45,660. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 186% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of architects (except naval) from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$76,590
2.27% 6.38%
2016
$74,850
1.08% -
2015
$74,040
1.46% -
2014
$72,960
0.44% -
2013
$72,640
1.29% -
2012
$71,700
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Table 2. Architects (Except Naval) Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of architects (except naval) in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for architects (except naval) occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $138,660. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $53,190).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$138,660
Utilities
$114,210
Finance and Insurance
$99,200
Transportation and Warehousing
$95,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,780
Health Care and Social Assistance
$90,890
Federal, State, and Local Government
$88,430
Wholesale Trade
$86,420
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$82,710
Educational Services
$81,420
Construction
$78,750
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$77,390
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$76,200
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$72,510
Accommodation and Food Services
$70,580
Manufacturing
$68,900
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$58,480
Retail Trade
$53,190



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