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Salary of Architecture and Engineering Occupations

The average annual salary of architecture and engineering occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all architecture and engineering occupations in the United States. The architecture and engineering occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Architecture and Engineering Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,550
25th Percentile Wage
$57,540
50th Percentile Wage
$77,900
75th Percentile Wage
$104,130
90th Percentile Wage
$133,440

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for architecture and engineering occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) architecture and engineering occupations is $133,440. The median annual salary is $77,900. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,550.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of architecture and engineering occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201677,9001.32%5.60%
201576,8701.42%-
201475,7801.65%-
201374,5301.33%-
201273,540--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Architecture and Engineering Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all architecture and engineering occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among architecture and engineering professions and range from $42,450 to $128,230. The highest paid architecture and engineering occupations are petroleum engineers with a median annual salary of $128,230. The lowest paid architecture and engineering occupations in the United States are surveying and mapping technicians with a median annual salary of $42,450. For more salary information about a specific architecture and engineering profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Petroleum Engineers
$128,230
Computer Hardware Engineers
$115,080
Aerospace Engineers
$109,650
Nuclear Engineers
$102,220
Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$99,210
Chemical Engineers
$98,340
Engineers, All Other
$97,300
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
$96,270
Electrical Engineers
$94,210
Mining and Geological Engineers
$93,720
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
$93,350
Materials Engineers
$93,310
Engineers
$91,010
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$86,720
Biomedical Engineers
$85,620
Environmental Engineers
$84,890
Industrial Engineers, Including Health and Safety
$84,510
Industrial Engineers
$84,310
Mechanical Engineers
$84,190
Civil Engineers
$83,540
Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$76,930
Architects (Except Naval)
$74,850
Agricultural Engineers
$73,640
Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers
$70,010
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
$68,020
Landscape Architects
$63,480
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$62,750
Other Engineering Technicians
$62,330
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$62,190
Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
$60,200
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$59,970
Surveyors
$59,390
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters
$57,310
Electro-Mechanical Technicians
$55,610
Drafters, Engineering Technicians, and Mapping Technicians
$54,940
Mechanical Drafters
$54,480
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
$54,480
Drafters
$53,480
Industrial Engineering Technicians
$53,330
Architectural and Civil Drafters
$51,640
Other Drafters
$50,470
Civil Engineering Technicians
$49,980
Environmental Engineering Technicians
$49,170
Surveying and Mapping Technicians
$42,450