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Salary Survey

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-1011 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property. Excludes “Landscape Architects” (17-1012) and “Marine Engineers and Naval Architects” (17-2121).

 


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

 

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
83,590 1.6 % $38.13 $79,300 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.17 $27.01 $35.26 $44.88 $57.41
Annual Wage (2) $44,030 $56,180 $73,340 $93,350 $119,410

 


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 71,460 5.54 $37.84 $78,710
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,670 0.08 $42.76 $88,940
Residential Building Construction 1,360 0.24 $38.52 $80,110
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,360 0.21 $37.28 $77,550
State Government (OES Designation) 1,280 0.06 $35.96 $74,790

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 71,460 5.54 $37.84 $78,710
Specialized Design Services 640 0.56 $43.55 $90,580
Residential Building Construction 1,360 0.24 $38.52 $80,110
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,360 0.21 $37.28 $77,550
Land Subdivision 70 0.14 $39.16 $81,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment(1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 90 0.01 $46.15 $96,000
Employment Services 420 0.01 $45.51 $94,660
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers 30 0.01 $44.92 $93,430
Specialized Design Services 640 0.56 $43.55 $90,580
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 640 0.06 $43.48 $90,450

 


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,940 0.71 1.09 $44.17 $91,880
New York 7,910 0.94 1.44 $39.60 $82,370
Texas 6,470 0.63 0.96 $37.01 $76,970
Illinois 4,290 0.77 1.18 $37.42 $77,840
Florida 3,990 0.56 0.86 $37.37 $77,730

States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,610 2.50 3.84 $44.33 $92,200
Massachusetts 3,920 1.24 1.91 $41.49 $86,290
Colorado 2,500 1.15 1.76 $38.44 $79,960
Washington 3,000 1.10 1.69 $33.48 $69,650
Montana 420 0.99 1.51 $25.52 $53,090

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 250 0.79 1.21 $44.40 $92,350
District of Columbia 1,610 2.50 3.84 $44.33 $92,200
Connecticut 1,050 0.65 1.00 $44.22 $91,970
California 9,940 0.71 1.09 $44.17 $91,880
Nevada 350 0.31 0.48 $43.30 $90,060

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,060 1.20 1.84 $40.44 $84,100
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,580 1.00 1.53 $37.33 $77,650
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,270 1.95 3.00 $41.93 $87,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,200 1.39 2.13 $43.95 $91,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,830 0.74 1.14 $47.00 $97,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,270 1.66 2.54 $33.50 $69,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,100 0.82 1.26 $39.43 $82,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,860 0.84 1.28 $38.57 $80,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.90 1.38 $39.63 $82,430
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.91 2.93 $45.60 $94,840

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 330 2.14 3.29 $31.04 $64,570
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,270 1.95 3.00 $41.93 $87,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.91 2.93 $45.60 $94,840
Billings, MT 150 1.86 2.86 $20.42 $42,480
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 490 1.71 2.62 $27.56 $57,320
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,270 1.66 2.54 $33.50 $69,670
Lawrence, KS 70 1.58 2.42 $39.67 $82,510
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 310 1.57 2.40 $28.98 $60,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,200 1.39 2.13 $43.95 $91,410
Ithaca, NY 70 1.36 2.09 $29.99 $62,370

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 370 0.91 1.40 $54.92 $114,230
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 30 0.42 0.64 $54.89 $114,170
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 50 0.21 0.32 $53.80 $111,910
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.32 2.02 $52.70 $109,620
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $51.76 $107,660
Montgomery, AL 140 0.86 1.32 $51.27 $106,640
Stockton, CA 40 0.19 0.30 $51.26 $106,630
Naples-Marco Island, FL 80 0.69 1.07 $50.09 $104,190
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 720 0.76 1.16 $47.68 $99,170
Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 770 0.95 1.46 $47.38 $98,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 3.21 4.93 $39.61 $82,400
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 1.47 2.26 $39.67 $82,510
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.35 2.07 $28.02 $58,270
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 0.57 $33.33 $69,330
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.22 1.88 $33.66 $70,020

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 50 3.68 5.64 $55.87 $116,210
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 3.21 4.93 $39.61 $82,400
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 1.47 2.26 $39.67 $82,510
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.35 2.07 $28.02 $58,270
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.22 1.88 $33.66 $70,020

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment(1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard nonmetropolitan area 50 3.68 5.64 $55.87 $116,210
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.38 $40.32 $83,860
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.85 $82,890
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 1.47 2.26 $39.67 $82,510
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 3.21 4.93 $39.61 $82,400

 


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in thedownloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate–50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.

 

(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

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