Graduates’ salaries with B.Arch and M.Arch degrees show moderate growth

Each year DesignIntelligence conducts a Compensation, Bonus & Benefits Report, which tracks compensation trends among the design professions.

Base compensation (not including bonus) for recent graduates has been increasing steadily since 2012. In the 2016 report, graduates with B.Arch and M.Arch degrees reported the highest-ever annual salaries at $45,835 and $49,055, respectively.

This trend in compensation increases corrosponds to architects who have been practicing for over a decade, particularly in the categories of 10-14 years and 15-19 years:

2012

base compensation
Architects with 10-14 years’ experience

$71,873
Architects with 15-19 years’ experience

$82,756

2016

base compensation
Architects with 10-14 years’ experience

$82,746
Architects with 15-19 years’ experience

$96,429

Interestingly, the percentage difference between the two graduates’ salaries is the lowest we’ve recorded at 7.0%, down from a high of 15.2% in 2009.

*Mean definition: The average of the numbers; the calculated central value of the numbers

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