AIA Compensation Survey Reflects Salary, Benefits Uptick

A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects reveals that while the recession has slowed gains in salary across the board, some growth has been seen by firms since 2011.

"Revenue at architecture firms increased almost 11 percent in 2012 from 2011 levels, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures, and firm payrolls have followed suit," according to an AIA press release. "But this modest improvement in business conditions has done little to lift compensation levels at firms. Between 2011 and 2013, average total compensation for architecture positions—including base salary, overtime, bonuses, and incentive compensation—increased only slightly over 1 percent per year, barely more than the average increase in compensation between 2008 and 2011, when the construction sector was still in steep decline."

AIA cautions that this growth may not reflect experiences of architects across the board. "Average compensation depends on the mix, by experience levels, of positions reporting. Since many less experienced architecture positions were eliminated during the downturn, current average compensation may reflect a higher share of more experienced (and more highly compensated) positions."

Further results of the survey are available here.