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Architect Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$75,000
$52,000
$75,000
$108,000
Did you know that the average architect makes $75,429 per year? That's valued at $36.26 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $52,000 and $108,000, meaning architects have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most architects find a job with technology and construction companies, while others work for technology, professional, and finance companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Massachusetts, South Dakota and Montana are the top states in the U.S. to pay architects the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Boston, MA
$95,758
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Map of Architect Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Architects earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Architect Salary By Location

While an architect can average a salary of $75,429 per year, or $36.26 per hour, there are many opportunities for architects to make more. For example, in Boston, MA you might make $95,758 per year. Other high-paying locations include San Francisco, CA, New York, NY and Reston, VA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Boston, MA where the average starting salary is $57,000. The highest paying states for architects include Massachusetts, South Dakota and Montana. Meanwhile, Iowa, Louisiana, and Arkansas offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$95,758
$96k
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$93,871
$94k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$90,789
$91k
Reston, VA
Reston, VA
$90,333
$90k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$88,124
$88k
Plano, TX
Plano, TX
$85,917
$86k
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$80,216
$80k
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
$79,546
$80k
Eden Prairie, MN
Eden Prairie, MN
$79,292
$79k
Edison, NJ
Edison, NJ
$78,780
$79k

High Paying Architect Jobs

Average Architect Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as an architect, being employed by a company such as PayPal or Baker McKenzie would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Citi and JPMorgan Chase also report highly competitive salaries for architects.

Company
Average Salary
$162,218
$162k
$151,116
$151k
$148,532
$149k
$148,530
$149k
$147,897
$148k
$147,116
$147k
$146,313
$146k
$146,112
$146k

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Architect Salary History

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    Architect Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for an architect can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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