The average architect salary in the United States is $82,850 per year. In Canada, architect earnings range between C$41,302 ($30.582 USD) and C$96,362 ($71,351 USD) per year. Architects make between £19,000 ($23,451 USD) and £43,000 ($53,073 USD) per year. The architect salary averages AU$64,376 ($44,220 USD) in Australia and CHF 75,000 ($74,250 USD) in Switzerland. In Norway, earnings for the class of occupations that include architects stand at NOK724,800 ($84,315 USD) per year.
Read below how the nature of the architect calling, construction industry, geography and experience affect pay of architects.
Architect Salary Influencers
For architects, pay depends on considerations such as whether the architect is self-employed, licensed or works in a particular country. Greater experience breeds higher compensation and the opportunity to share in profits.
The economic performance of architectural firms is tied, among other things, to the construction industry. With more construction projects, whether for residential or commercial contractors or the government, comes work for the firms and their architects.
While the private sector accounts for much of the employment of architects, government can still influence compensation and job benefits especially in certain countries.
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that architects make on average $82,850 per year. Those in the top 10 percent of earners have salaries above$125,520 per year. According to a 2015 survey from the American Institute of Architects, average salaries in architectural firms ranged from $41,500 for an Intern 1 to $159,200 for chief legal officers. Senior project designers earned an average of $93,100 per year.
Architect Salary in Canada
According to PayScale, total pay for architects in Canada range between C$41,302 and C$96,362 per year. The basic salary runs between C$42,759 and C$95,216. The annual average salary stands at C$62,902.
Architect Salary in the UK
As reported by the National Careers Service, architects in the United Kingdom earn between £19,000 and £43,000 per year as a general rule. Beginning architects make between £19,000 and £26,000. With the “experienced” tag, salaries range between £30,000 and £43,000.
Architect Salary in Australia
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook states architects earned on a full-time basis a weekly salary of AU$1,238, which translates to AU$64,376 per year. Under Australian law, the Fair Work Commission sets minimum pay as part of the “award” for architects and other occupations. For example, entry-level registered architects are guaranteed $55,170 as of July 1, 2016.
Architect Salary in Switzerland
On average, architects in Switzerland earn a monthly salary of CHF 6,250, or CHF 75,000 per year.
Architect Salary in Norway
Statistics Norway states professionals in the “professional, scientific and technical activities,” which include architects, are paid on average NOK60,400 per month, or NOK724,800 annually.
Work experience is a major driver in earnings and, in many jurisdictions, a prerequisite to be licensed as an architect or in project management. Those in the United States must complete, in most cases, three years of a paid internship to qualify for registration. In states that do not require a license, architects can practice as such after eight to 13 years of work experience. Australia mandates two years experience and Canada requires 2,000 hours of post-graduation work.
In the United Kingdom, aspiring architects must log two years of professional experience after graduation from an Architects Registration Board-recognized program. Norway requires five years of education for those pursuing civil architecture. Otherwise, architects do not need a license in Norway, although building authorities might deny building permits to unlicensed architects. “Cantons” in Switzerland set their own experience and training requirements.
Generally, architects work full-time. By illustration, the National Careers Service reports that architects in the United Kingdom work between 35 and 40 hours per week. In Australia, the average work week runs just under 42 hours. As a rule of thumb, architects keep traditional office hours and work weekdays. However, the work involves considerable travel to construction sites and perhaps to local building or zoning permit authorities.
Bonuses & Benefit Packages
Generally, firms may offer architects signing or performance bonuses. Principals of an architectural firm participate in profit-sharing.
As to pension and perks, firms in the United States and Canada typically decide most employment terms and packages related to pension, vacation and bonuses. Salaried architects in Australia are afforded a minimum of four weeks of paid annual leave each year and, if applicable, longevity leave. Australia has a superannuation program that devotes up to 9.5 percent of earnings for retirement. In Norway, architects are entitled to occupational pension, insurance, leave of absence and holiday pay.
Switzerland provides for a three-pillar retirement system. The first pillar consists of Old Age and Survivors’ Insurance and similar programs. In the second, employers are required to contribute, though self-employed architects can voluntarily participate. The first two pillars provide up to 60 percent of final salary following retirement.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, architect employment should increase by seven percent, or 7,800 jobs, between 2014 and 2024.
The Australian government projects “average” job openings, between 10,001 and 25,000, for architects (including landscape architects) through November 2019. Growth in employment should be “strong.” Countries such as Norway face shortages of architects, which should increase demand and opportunities.
The level of construction plays a role in the job outlook for architects. Factors such as demand for housing, retail and office space and governmental policies and budgets for building projects help shape work for architects. Population growth in certain areas may drive construction of homes and schools. As populations age and individuals seek more access to health care, architects will likely be in demand to design clinics and hospitals.