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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,910
25th Percentile Wage
$53,110
50th Percentile Wage
$70,010
75th Percentile Wage
$92,670
90th Percentile Wage
$118,750

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 $118,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $70,010. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,910. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 190% 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, surveyors, and cartographers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201670,0101.26%5.18%
201569,1301.76%-
201467,9100.59%-
201367,5101.67%-
201266,380--

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 transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $92,820. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $49,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$92,820
Finance and Insurance
$88,560
Health Care and Social Assistance
$87,590
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$79,830
Wholesale Trade
$78,170
Educational Services
$76,770
Information
$76,140
Utilities
$75,000
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$74,120
Federal, State, and Local Government
$73,210
Accommodation and Food Services
$71,950
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,040
Construction
$69,040
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$68,460
Mining
$65,420
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,830
Manufacturing
$57,790
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$56,010
Retail Trade
$49,970

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)
$76,930
Architects (Except Naval)
$74,850
Landscape Architects
$63,480
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$62,750
Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
$60,200
Surveyors
$59,390


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