Commercial Architects in the U.S.

Goals

To fact check two data points from the previous research, including the average wage of architects being $233,000 in 2019 and the western region having the largest share of architects with the states of Alabama, Alaska and Arizona having the most.

Early Findings

Average Annual Wage

  • According to IBIS World, the average annual wage for an architect in the U.S. in 2019 was $233,000. However, this figure does not appear to be supported by other sources.
  • Ziprecruiter cites the average annual wage for architects as $82,479 with the top 25% making around $90,000 per year, far below the estimate given by IBIS World.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) cites the average annual wage for architects in 2018 as $79,380, which is reasonably consistent with the Zip Recruiter figure assuming some wage growth from 2018 to 2019.
  • Architect Magazine estimates that the average wage for architects in the U.S. in 2019 is $92,000. This is slightly higher than the Ziprecruiter and BLS estimates, but still far below the IBIS World estimate.
  • Therefore, we estimate that the average wage for architects in the U.S. is between $82,000 and $92,000 and not the previously cited $233,000.
  • In addition, the average wage of architects varies by state. The five states with the highest average wage are New York at $100,760 per year, Massachusetts at $100,430 per year, Texas at $98,330 per year, California at $97,440 per year and Georgia at $97,040 per year.

Region with the Most Architects

  • The previous research noted that the western region of the U.S. and specifically Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona have the highest numbers of architects. This information is based on a report from IBIS World. Again, this information appears to not be supported by other sources.
  • The BLS lists the states with the highest number of architects as California with 13,880, New York with 12,740, Texas with 8,730, Illinois with 5,140 and Florida with 4,490.
  • The BLS also lists the top 5 states in terms of architects per capita, which are the District of Columbia with 2.79 architects per 1,000 jobs, New York with 1.38 per 1,000 jobs, Colorado with 1.37 per 1,000 jobs, Washington with 1.23 per 1,000 job and Montana with 1.20 per 1,000 jobs.

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