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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,700
25th Percentile Wage
$57,120
50th Percentile Wage
$74,850
75th Percentile Wage
$97,870
90th Percentile Wage
$126,680

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 $126,680. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,700. 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 183% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of architects (except naval) from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201674,8501.08%4.21%
201574,0401.46%-
201472,9600.44%-
201372,6401.29%-
201271,700--

Table 2. Architects (Except Naval) Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of architects (except naval) in 17 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 $49,490).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$138,660
Finance and Insurance
$121,870
Utilities
$111,780
Transportation and Warehousing
$93,530
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$91,110
Health Care and Social Assistance
$88,240
Federal, State, and Local Government
$86,890
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$79,970
Educational Services
$79,280
Construction
$77,330
Wholesale Trade
$76,940
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$76,270
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$74,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$74,450
Manufacturing
$62,080
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$56,300
Retail Trade
$49,490


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Highest paying industries for architects (except naval).