Architecture grads: What's your salary outlook?

April 17, 2018 | 6 minute read

Good news for young designers and new architecture grads: Demand for architects is high and salaries—including starting salaries—are on the rise.

“Compensation for architectural positions appears to be building momentum, and it has recently surpassed the pace of growth of broader compensation gains in our economy.”

Thanks to the tight labor market, 2017 saw the largest gains in average compensation for architects, according to AIA’s latest Compensation Report.

As a new grad, do you know your value in the marketplace? Check out key highlights from the study:

Salaries are growing
Average compensation across the architecture industry in 2017 was $83,900, a 2.8% bump from two years prior and more than $10,000 higher than 2008. There’s more good news, below.

How young architecture professionals are faring
Breaking down compensation gains by position, emerging architects on the path to licensure are seeing the biggest jumps…


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