These Are The 10 Best States For Architects

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Architects are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as architects in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since architects are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where architects have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for architects.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s architects:

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Illinois
  4. North Carolina
  5. Texas
  6. Minnesota
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Virginia
  9. Nebraska
  10. Indiana

So there you have it — Architects, Except Landscape And Naval is the best of the best when it comes to being an architect.

How did Architects, Except Landscape And Naval end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for architects and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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How we determined the best states to be an architect

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states for architects in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well architects get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for architects in California is $95,070 and the average salary in Illinois is $82,010, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for architects in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for architects.

1. Georgia

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,380
Average Annual Salary: $97,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,100
Average Experienced Salary: $158,950
Location Quotient: 0.79

2. Alabama

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,110
Average Annual Salary: $87,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,950
Average Experienced Salary: $138,810
Location Quotient: 0.81

3. Illinois

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,790
Average Annual Salary: $82,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,470
Average Experienced Salary: $123,990
Location Quotient: 1.14

4. North Carolina

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,010
Average Annual Salary: $91,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,840
Average Experienced Salary: $127,200
Location Quotient: 0.67

5. Texas

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,520
Average Annual Salary: $84,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,360
Average Experienced Salary: $136,190
Location Quotient: 1.02

6. Minnesota

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,830
Average Annual Salary: $86,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,810
Average Experienced Salary: $128,800
Location Quotient: 0.92

7. Oklahoma

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 700
Average Annual Salary: $86,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,430
Average Experienced Salary: $126,130
Location Quotient: 0.62

8. Virginia

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,960
Average Annual Salary: $86,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,420
Average Experienced Salary: $140,460
Location Quotient: 1.11

9. Nebraska

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 660
Average Annual Salary: $76,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,560
Average Experienced Salary: $119,440
Location Quotient: 0.96

10. Indiana

Best States For Architects

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,120
Average Annual Salary: $83,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,510
Average Experienced Salary: $139,770
Location Quotient: 0.53

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Architect

If you’re looking to start out your career as an architect these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be an architect in America:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maine
  3. Hawaii

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For architects

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Georgia $97,090 $51,100 2,380
2 Alabama $87,120 $51,950 1,110
3 Illinois $82,010 $48,470 4,790
4 North Carolina $91,090 $54,840 2,010
5 Texas $84,620 $41,360 8,520
6 Minnesota $86,580 $53,810 1,830
7 Oklahoma $86,310 $47,430 700
8 Virginia $86,060 $46,420 2,960
9 Nebraska $76,680 $44,560 660
10 Indiana $83,930 $45,510 1,120
11 Delaware $90,020 $56,520 170
12 Florida $85,190 $44,330 4,800
13 Missouri $75,030 $39,470 1,960
14 Mississippi $73,070 $43,040 270
15 Michigan $75,320 $44,910 2,130
16 Ohio $77,020 $42,780 2,820
17 Kansas $69,710 $41,820 840
18 Wyoming $75,070 $52,290 120
19 West Virginia $78,750 $49,400 160
20 Tennessee $72,860 $41,200 990
21 Nevada $85,390 $55,170 360
22 Washington $77,080 $46,810 3,520
23 Pennsylvania $76,660 $42,860 3,780
24 South Carolina $77,550 $39,820 1,050
25 Arkansas $70,100 $39,660 560
26 Louisiana $73,430 $41,020 1,090
27 New York $91,610 $52,140 12,550
28 Massachusetts $95,900 $59,910 3,050
29 Iowa $73,130 $40,930 480
30 South Dakota $79,360 $54,950 100
31 Montana $68,820 $41,390 430
32 Wisconsin $74,080 $44,970 1,220
33 Kentucky $68,220 $42,120 750
34 Arizona $78,310 $26,600 1,510
35 New Mexico $71,020 $31,080 520
36 California $95,070 $53,910 13,560
37 Colorado $69,580 $42,070 3,210
38 Rhode Island $83,640 $57,340 280
39 Utah $67,510 $33,230 760
40 Maryland $83,130 $49,230 2,350
41 New Jersey $86,910 $52,240 1,790
42 Oregon $74,300 $43,630 1,620
43 Connecticut $85,670 $49,830 1,060
44 North Dakota $71,640 $38,070 260
45 Vermont $67,690 $47,010 250
46 Idaho $64,740 $37,480 280
47 Alaska $88,050 $50,050 210
48 Hawaii $80,180 $50,480 620
49 Maine $75,440 $51,340 200
50 New Hampshire $81,730 $48,140 180
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