Architect Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for architects in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 162,777 architects currently employed in the United States.
  • 22.6% of all architects are women, while only 70.6% are men.
  • The average age of an employed architect is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of architects is White (68.2%), followed by Asian (16.0%) and Hispanic or Latino (10.9%).
  • The majority of architects are located in NY, New York and DC, Washington.
  • Architects are most in-demand in Atlanta, GA.
  • Architects are paid an average annual salary of $75,007.
  • Boston, MA pays an annual average wage of $96,939, the highest in the US.
  • Architects average starting salary is $53,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 93% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid architects earn as much as $105,000 or more.
  • Massachusetts is the best state for architects to live.
  • Architects are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies.

Architect Statistics By Gender

Among architects, 22.6% of them are women compared to 70.6% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 70.6%
  • Female, 22.6%
  • Unknown, 6.8%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
Male
70.6%
70.6%
Female
Female
22.6%
22.6%
Unknown
Unknown
6.8%
6.8%

Gender Pay Gap For Architect

Women Earn 93¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$79,720
female-income
Female Income
$74,444

Architect Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the architect position over time.

Male
Female
79%
76%
73%
71%
68%
65%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
2008
74.67%
74.67%
25.33%
25.33%
2009
2009
72.51%
72.51%
27.49%
27.49%
2010
2010
73.15%
73.15%
26.85%
26.85%
2011
2011
72.43%
72.43%
27.57%
27.57%
2012
2012
74.55%
74.55%
25.45%
25.45%
2013
2013
74.30%
74.30%
25.70%
25.70%
2014
2014
72.77%
72.77%
27.23%
27.23%
2015
2015
71.50%
71.50%
28.50%
28.50%
2016
2016
73.29%
73.29%
26.71%
26.71%
2017
2017
72.05%
72.05%
27.95%
27.95%
2018
2018
70.00%
70.00%
30.00%
30.00%

Architect Male to Female Ratio

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Architect71%23%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Architect
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Architect Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among architects is White, which makes up 68.2% of all architects. Comparatively, there are 16.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 68.2%
  • Asian, 16.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.9%
  • Black or African American, 2.5%
  • Unknown, 2.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%
Job Title
Architect RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
White
68.2%
68.2%
Asian
Asian
16.0%
16.0%
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino
10.9%
10.9%
Black or African American
Black or African American
2.5%
2.5%
Unknown
Unknown
2.1%
2.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.3%
0.3%

Architect Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among architects.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
2010
73.91%
73.91%
2.06%
2.06%
13.34%
13.34%
9.22%
9.22%
2011
2011
72.99%
72.99%
2.56%
2.56%
13.55%
13.55%
9.15%
9.15%
2012
2012
73.34%
73.34%
3.26%
3.26%
12.63%
12.63%
9.15%
9.15%
2013
2013
74.62%
74.62%
2.87%
2.87%
12.09%
12.09%
8.69%
8.69%
2014
2014
74.44%
74.44%
2.89%
2.89%
11.44%
11.44%
9.08%
9.08%
2015
2015
73.86%
73.86%
2.67%
2.67%
12.80%
12.80%
8.95%
8.95%
2016
2016
73.79%
73.79%
2.22%
2.22%
12.89%
12.89%
9.33%
9.33%
2017
2017
69.20%
69.20%
3.05%
3.05%
14.42%
14.42%
11.16%
11.16%
2018
2018
68.23%
68.23%
2.48%
2.48%
16.05%
16.05%
10.93%
10.93%

Architect Wage Gap By Race

Asian architects have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american architects have the lowest average salary at $71,352.
$87,000
$84,000
$81,000
$78,000
$75,000
$72,000
$69,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$79,111
White$77,392
Black or African American$71,352
Asian$83,718
Hispanic or Latino$73,837

Average Age of an Architect

We determined the average age of architects based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Unknown
Unknown
39.5
39.5
White
White
45
45
38.5
38.5
Black or African American
Black or African American
41
41
29
29
Asian
Asian
41
41
39.5
39.5
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino
44
44
37.5
37.5

Architect Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of architect employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of architects is 40+ years old, which represents 58% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Architect YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
20-30 years
11%
11%
30-40 years
30-40 years
31%
31%
40+ years
40+ years
58%
58%

Types of Architect Degree Levels

The most common degree for architects is bachelor's degree 67% of architects earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 21% and rounding it off is associate degree with 6%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 67%
  • Masters, 21%
  • Associate, 6%
  • Diploma, 2%
  • Other Degrees, 4%
Job Title
Architect DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
Bachelors
67%
67%
Masters
Masters
21%
21%
Associate
Associate
6%
6%
Diploma
Diploma
2%
2%
Other Degrees
Other Degrees
4%
4%

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Architect Wage Gap By Education

$81,000
$80,000
$79,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Master's Degree$79,280
Bachelor's Degree$79,720

Architect Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ architects. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most architects is the technology industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire architects.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
< 50 employees
3%
3%
50 - 100 employees
50 - 100 employees
2%
2%
100 - 500 employees
100 - 500 employees
10%
10%
500 - 1,000 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
14%
14%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
31%
31%
> 10,000 employees
> 10,000 employees
40%
40%

The Types Of Companies Architect Work In

Employees with the architect job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most architects prefer to work at public companies over private companies.

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Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Public
Public
50%
50%
Private
Private
50%
50%
Government
Government
1%
1%

Top Industries Hiring Architects

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ architects. Those industries include technology, professional and finance.

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Technology

Fortune 500

Professional

Finance

Retail

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Technology
Technology
29%
29%
Fortune 500
Fortune 500
19%
19%
Professional
Professional
15%
15%
Finance
Finance
7%
7%
Retail
Retail
5%
5%
Construction
Construction
4%
4%
Health Care
Health Care
4%
4%
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
3%
3%
Telecommunication
Telecommunication
3%
3%
Automotive
Automotive
2%
2%
Insurance
Insurance
2%
2%
Media
Media
1%
1%
Internet
Internet
1%
1%
Transportation
Transportation
1%
1%
Start-up
Start-up
1%
1%
Non Profits
Non Profits
1%
1%
Real Estate
Real Estate
1%
1%
Energy
Energy
1%
1%

Architect Turnover And Employment Statistics

Architect Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of architects changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescArchitect Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
2010
9.11%
9.11%
2011
2011
7.46%
7.46%
2012
2012
4.97%
4.97%
2013
2013
4.02%
4.02%
2014
2014
2.85%
2.85%
2015
2015
1.53%
1.53%
2016
2016
2.33%
2.33%
2017
2017
1.61%
1.61%
2018
2018
1.55%
1.55%

The Average Number of Years That Architect Stay in a Job

By looking over 18,287 architects resumes, we figured out that the average architect enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 34%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
Less than 1 year
28%
28%
1-2 years
1-2 years
34%
34%
3-4 years
3-4 years
12%
12%
5-7 years
5-7 years
13%
13%
8-10 years
8-10 years
5%
5%
11+ years
11+ years
8%
8%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Architects with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to architects.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Verification Engineer3.53%
Mechanical Engineer6.59%
Lead Field Engineer7.40%
Engineering Aide9.56%
Instrument Person11.17%
Architect20.22%
Surveyor Helper20.30%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Verification Engineer
Verification Engineer
3.53%
3.53%
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
6.59%
6.59%
Lead Field Engineer
Lead Field Engineer
7.40%
7.40%
Engineering Aide
Engineering Aide
9.56%
9.56%
Instrument Person
Instrument Person
11.17%
11.17%
Surveyor Helper
Surveyor Helper
20.30%
20.30%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Architects

The most common foreign language among architects is Spanish at 41.6%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 12.9% and Italian is the third-most popular at 6.0%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 41.6%
  • French, 12.9%
  • Italian, 6.0%
  • German, 5.4%
  • Portuguese, 4.9%
  • Other, 29.2%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
Spanish
41.6%
41.6%
French
French
12.9%
12.9%
Italian
Italian
6.0%
6.0%
German
German
5.4%
5.4%
Portuguese
Portuguese
4.9%
4.9%
Other
Other
29.2%
29.2%

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