Significant numbers and facts from our architecture compensation survey.

311 – The approximate number of U. S. architects who earn more than $800,000 annually.

22 – The number of vacation days given to design firm principals

45 – Bonus as percentage of salary given in 2004 in “best of class” firms to principals

$150 – Typical hourly billing rate of principal in architectural / engineering / interior design firm

$235 – Typical hourly billing rate in “best of class” top 20 percent firm

16.4 – Percentage of net profits, pretax in 2004 for top 20 percent of firms

$1.7M – ($1.7 million) — the amount of net revenue per partner in “best of class” firms

$148,000 – Median principal salary in top 20 percent of firms (all sizes, all types)

$229,000 – Average salary for design firm CEO (all sizes, all types)

$463,000 – Median CEO salary in top 20 percent of firms with 100+ employees

67 – Percentage billable hours in the top 20 percent of firms

2.8 – Percentage of average compensation increase in 2004-05, excluding bonuses

78 – Percentage of “best of class” firms that anticipate revenue will increase, yet labor requirements will level or decrease due to
technology innovation.

7.8 – Number of months backlog for a typical architectural, engineering, interior design firm

14.5 – Number of months backlog for “best of class,” or top 20 percent of firms

7 – Percent increase in Southern interior designer salaries, the highest leap in our survey

92 – Percentage of typical architectural, engineering, interior design firms that pay professional dues for associates, principals and partners

89:1 – Ratio of Human Resources staff to total staff in “best of class” firm

$65,602 to $101,413 – The GSA’s salary range in their most recent postings for “Design and Construction Management Architects/Engineers

$102,000 – Net revenues per total staff in typical U.S. architectural,
engineering, interior design firm

$133,500 – Net revenues per total staff in top 20 percent of U.S. architectural / engineering firms

$172,500 – Net revenues per total staff in top 5 percent of U.S. architectural / engineering firms