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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 BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Architecture and Engineering Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$128,780
75th Percentile Wage
$100,910
50th Percentile Wage
$75,780
25th Percentile Wage
$56,060
10th Percentile Wage
$41,630

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 $128,780. The median annual salary is $75,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,630.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Architecture and Engineering Occupations

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 $40,770 to $130,050. The highest paid architecture and engineering occupations are petroleum engineers with a median annual salary of $130,050. The lowest paid architecture and engineering occupations in the United States are surveying and mapping technicians with a median annual salary of $40,770. For more salary information about a specific architecture and engineering profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Petroleum Engineers
$130,050
Computer Hardware Engineers
$108,430
Aerospace Engineers
$105,380
Nuclear Engineers
$100,470
Chemical Engineers
$96,940
Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$95,790
Engineers, All Other
$94,240
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
$93,260
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
$92,930
Electrical Engineers
$91,410
Mining and Geological Engineers
$90,160
Engineers
$88,720
Materials Engineers
$87,690
Biomedical Engineers
$86,950
Environmental Engineers
$83,360
Mechanical Engineers
$83,060
Civil Engineers
$82,050
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$81,830
Industrial Engineers, Including Health and Safety
$81,510
Industrial Engineers
$81,490
Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$74,520
Architects (Except Naval)
$72,960
Agricultural Engineers
$71,730
Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers
$67,910
Landscape Architects
$64,570
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
$63,780
Other Engineering Technicians
$61,580
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$60,930
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$59,820
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$58,790
Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
$57,990
Surveyors
$57,050
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters
$55,690
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
$53,530
Drafters, Engineering Technicians, and Mapping Technicians
$53,460
Industrial Engineering Technicians
$53,370
Electro-Mechanical Technicians
$53,070
Mechanical Drafters
$52,200
Drafters
$51,940
Other Drafters
$49,990
Architectural and Civil Drafters
$49,970
Civil Engineering Technicians
$48,340
Environmental Engineering Technicians
$48,170
Surveying and Mapping Technicians
$40,770