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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of architects (except naval) from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |