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Architect salary in United States

How much does an Architect make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $103,699
Low $61,554
High $174,699
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a architect is $103,699 per year in the United States. 3.3k salaries reported, updated at December 7, 2023

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Top companies for Architects in United States

  1. Encore Semi, Inc.
    7 reviews88 salaries reported
    $211,395per year
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Highest paying cities for Architects near United States

  1. Austin, TX
    $164,359 per year
    57 salaries reported
  2. San Francisco, CA
    $122,731 per year
    41 salaries reported
  3. Washington, DC
    $113,378 per year
    43 salaries reported
  1. Seattle, WA
    $107,907 per year
    36 salaries reported
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
    $106,558 per year
    26 salaries reported
  3. Atlanta, GA
    $103,206 per year
    64 salaries reported
  1. Chicago, IL
    $98,553 per year
    64 salaries reported
  2. Plano, TX
    $97,984 per year
    30 salaries reported
  3. Raleigh, NC
    $97,709 per year
    23 salaries reported
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Where can an Architect earn more?

Compare salaries for Architects in different locations
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Architects

Most recommended certification


(earn +53.65% more)

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 71.63% since 2018. Architects with this certification earn +53.65% more than the average base salary, which is $103,699 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
20112increase by 2
20127334increase by 366600.00%
201319298increase by 163.13%
201419926increase by 3.25%
201514816decrease by 25.64%
201615023increase by 1.40%
20178367decrease by 44.31%
201811437increase by 36.69%
201919629increase by 71.63%

Top companies hiring Architects with the recommended certification

Broward Health
Sumer Innovations
Kovac Design Studio
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
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Top schools offering CCIE


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Top skills

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top CertificationsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
33 jobs41
17 jobs21
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Most common benefits for Architects

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 287 ratings

64% of Architects in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Project Architect

Job openings

Average $84,606 per year

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Common questions about salaries for an Architect

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as an architect?

If you're unsure about what salary is appropriate for an architect, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry, and experience.

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What kind of architect role gets the highest pay?

The following are the architect roles with the highest pay:

  • Building Architect (Commercial, Factories, Resident, Restaurants, Theatre, etc.)
  • Landscape Architect (Parks, Gardens, Playgrounds, etc.)
  • Naval Architect (Boats, Ship, Submarine, etc.)
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How much do similar professions to architect get paid?

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