Salaries up for architects

American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) latest compensation survey finds average pay for architecture staff positions has gone up since 2017. Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com
American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) latest compensation survey finds average pay for architecture staff positions has gone up since 2017.
Photo © www.bigstockphoto.com

Pay for architectural staff positions has risen by more than six percent per year since early 2017, according to the 2019 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Compensation Survey.

The biannual compensation report provides salary data for over 40 architecture firm positions across the United States as well as industry salary trends and analysis on where the market is headed.

Key findings of this year’s report includes:

  • over the past two years, compensation for architectural positions increased at 2.5 times the pace of growth of all professional and related staff in the economy;
  • the last instances where architect compensation reached an increase of six percent per year—1999 and 2008—were either just prior to, or as the economy and the construction sectors were entering, national economic downturns; and
  • benefits and flexibility to staff increased as did additional benefits that enhance the culture of the firm and help make it more employee-friendly.
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