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Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers Salary Information

The salary statistics of architects, surveyors, and cartographers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of architects, surveyors, and cartographers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of architects, surveyors, and cartographers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The architects, surveyors, and cartographers 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, Surveyors, and Cartographers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,730
25th Percentile Wage
$54,580
50th Percentile Wage
$72,020
75th Percentile Wage
$95,090
90th Percentile Wage
$123,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for architects, surveyors, and cartographers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) architects, surveyors, and cartographers is $123,180. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,730. 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 195% 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, surveyors, and cartographers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$72,020
2.79% 7.83%
2016
$70,010
1.26% -
2015
$69,130
1.76% -
2014
$67,910
0.59% -
2013
$67,510
1.67% -
2012
$66,380
- -

Table 2. Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of architects, surveyors, and cartographers in 19 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, surveyors, and cartographers occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $89,460. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $53,430).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$89,460
Finance and Insurance
$86,810
Wholesale Trade
$85,440
Transportation and Warehousing
$81,420
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$80,710
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$79,180
Educational Services
$78,490
Information
$76,320
Federal, State, and Local Government
$75,180
Utilities
$74,980
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,050
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$71,760
Construction
$70,360
Mining
$65,240
Accommodation and Food Services
$64,840
Manufacturing
$62,410
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$58,530
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$57,440
Retail Trade
$53,430

Table 3. Salaries of Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers Related Occupations

The average annual salary of architects, surveyors, and cartographers related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$82,040
Architects (Except Naval)
$76,590
Surveyors
$65,810
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$62,720
Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
$61,770
Landscape Architects
$0



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