How Much Do Architects Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Architects plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$89470 per year
Hourly wage
$43 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$49,950 to $63,420 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$24 to $30 per hour

Entry-level Architects with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $49,950 to $63,420 per year or $24 to $30 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Architects to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $66 $136,310
Senior (Top 25%) $51 $106,680
Middle (Mid 50%) $40 $82,320
Junior (Bottom 25%) $30 $63,420
No experience (Bottom 10%) $24 $49,950

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $53 $109,540
NY $49 $101,650
MN $48 $100,650
NH $48 $98,920
AK $47 $98,240
GA $47 $98,100
CA $47 $96,860
MA $47 $96,820
HI $45 $94,620
AL $45 $93,000

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Architect is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Architects are in the states of DC, NY, MN, NH and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $121520 $58.42
Land Subdivision $109990 $52.88
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $109580 $52.68
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $105710 $50.82
Management of Companies and Enterprises $102300 $49.18
Federal Executive Branch $101870 $48.97
Employment Services $101100 $48.61
Local Government $100810 $48.47
Real Estate $100050 $48.10
Postal Service (Federal Government) $97730 $46.98
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $97190 $46.73
Scientific Research and Development Services $96990 $46.63
Elementary and Secondary Schools $96740 $46.51
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $95760 $46.04
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $94480 $45.42
Office Administrative Services $94180 $45.28
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $93850 $45.12
Building Finishing Contractors $93640 $45.02
Nonresidential Building Construction $93280 $44.84
State Government $92430 $44.44
Specialized Design Services $91600 $44.04
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $88660 $42.63
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $86160 $41.42
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $85470 $41.09
Building Material and Supplies Dealers $84300 $40.53
Residential Building Construction $83410 $40.10
Building Equipment Contractors $81500 $39.19
Utility System Construction $80960 $38.92
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $80690 $38.80
Other Wood Product Manufacturing $73970 $35.56

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