As the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, compensation across all architectural staff positions averaged $84,000, up about 2.8% per year from early 2015 levels, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2017 Compensation Report.
The biannual report provides salary data for 39 architecture firm positions in 26 states, 25 metro areas and 17 cities as well as industry salary trends and analysis on where the market is headed.
Other key findings:
Architectural salaries have modestly exceeded gains in the broader economy in the last 15 years.
Compensation gains, net of inflation, for architecture positions averaged 1.5% annually over the 2015-16 period.
Architecture firms continue to add new types of employee benefits to encourage staff retention and growth.
Also updated for 2017 is the AIA Salary Calculator. This free tool provides topline data on architecture position salaries by firm size and region of the country to emerging professionals and others.