Architect Compensation Has Slow Gains

U.S. architecture firms have experienced modest improvements in business conditions over the last two years that has resulted in very small gains in compensation levels for staffs. Between 2001 and 2013, the average total compensation increases for architecture positions were only slightly more than one percent per year, according to the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Compensation Survey.

The average compensation for senior design/project management staff in 2013 is $99,400, up from $94,900 in 2011 and $98,800 in 2008. Compensation for architects and designers in 2013 is about $73,000, compared to $71,600 in 2011 and 2008. Interns saw a salary of $47,000 in 2013, in contrast to $47,300 in 2011 and $45,400 in 2008.

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