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Salary of Architecture and Engineering Occupations

The average annual salary of architecture and engineering occupations is shown in Table 1. Table 2 compares the median salaries across 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 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Architecture and Engineering Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,420
25th Percentile Wage
$58,690
50th Percentile Wage
$79,180
75th Percentile Wage
$106,200
90th Percentile Wage
$137,130

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 $137,130. The median annual salary is $79,180. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of architecture and engineering occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$79,180
1.62% 7.12%
2016
$77,900
1.32% -
2015
$76,870
1.42% -
2014
$75,780
1.65% -
2013
$74,530
1.33% -
2012
$73,540
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Architecture and Engineering Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Architecture and Engineering Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among architecture and engineering professions, ranging from $43,340 to $132,280. The highest-paid architecture and engineering occupations are petroleum engineers with a median annual salary of $132,280. The lowest-paid architecture and engineering occupations in the United States are surveying and mapping technicians with a median annual salary of $43,340. For more salary information about a specific architecture and engineering profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Petroleum Engineers
$132,280
Computer Hardware Engineers
$115,120
Aerospace Engineers
$113,030
Nuclear Engineers
$105,810
Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$102,180
Chemical Engineers
$102,160
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
$97,970
Engineers, All Other
$97,250
Electrical Engineers
$95,060
Materials Engineers
$94,610
Mining and Geological Engineers
$94,240
Engineers
$92,220
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
$90,970
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$88,510
Biomedical Engineers
$88,040
Environmental Engineers
$86,800
Industrial Engineers, Including Health and Safety
$86,090
Industrial Engineers
$85,880
Mechanical Engineers
$85,880
Civil Engineers
$84,770
Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$78,470
Architects (Except Naval)
$76,590
Agricultural Engineers
$74,780
Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers
$72,020
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
$67,240
Landscape Architects
$65,760
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$63,990
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$63,660
Other Engineering Technicians
$62,230
Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
$61,770
Surveyors
$61,140
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$59,690
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters
$58,170
Electro-Mechanical Technicians
$56,740
Drafters, Engineering Technicians, and Mapping Technicians
$55,810
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
$55,360
Mechanical Drafters
$55,130
Industrial Engineering Technicians
$54,280
Drafters
$54,170
Architectural and Civil Drafters
$52,870
Civil Engineering Technicians
$51,620
Other Drafters
$50,290
Environmental Engineering Technicians
$50,230
Surveying and Mapping Technicians
$43,340