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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 2,380
Average Annual Salary: $97,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,100
Average Experienced Salary: $158,950
Location Quotient: 0.79
Total Jobs: 1,110
Average Annual Salary: $87,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,950
Average Experienced Salary: $138,810
Location Quotient: 0.81
Total Jobs: 4,790
Average Annual Salary: $82,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,470
Average Experienced Salary: $123,990
Location Quotient: 1.14
Total Jobs: 2,010
Average Annual Salary: $91,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,840
Average Experienced Salary: $127,200
Location Quotient: 0.67
Total Jobs: 8,520
Average Annual Salary: $84,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,360
Average Experienced Salary: $136,190
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 1,830
Average Annual Salary: $86,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,810
Average Experienced Salary: $128,800
Location Quotient: 0.92
Total Jobs: 700
Average Annual Salary: $86,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,430
Average Experienced Salary: $126,130
Location Quotient: 0.62
Total Jobs: 2,960
Average Annual Salary: $86,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,420
Average Experienced Salary: $140,460
Location Quotient: 1.11
Total Jobs: 660
Average Annual Salary: $76,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,560
Average Experienced Salary: $119,440
Location Quotient: 0.96
Total Jobs: 1,120
Average Annual Salary: $83,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,510
Average Experienced Salary: $139,770
Location Quotient: 0.53
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.
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