Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
82,720 1.8 % $37.83 $78,690 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.44 $26.97 $35.14 $44.72 $56.84
Annual Wage (2) $44,600 $56,090 $73,090 $93,010 $118,230


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 71,160 5.47 $37.49 $77,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,650 0.08 $43.08 $89,610
Residential Building Construction 1,310 0.23 $34.44 $71,630
State Government (OES Designation) 1,170 0.05 $36.58 $76,090
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,030 0.16 $37.47 $77,940

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 71,160 5.47 $37.49 $77,980
Specialized Design Services 720 0.62 $46.33 $96,370
Residential Building Construction 1,310 0.23 $34.44 $71,630
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,030 0.16 $37.47 $77,940
Land Subdivision 50 0.12 $33.32 $69,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 50 (7) $57.50 $119,610
Postal Service 90 0.01 $46.85 $97,440
Lessors of Real Estate 100 0.02 $46.79 $97,330
Specialized Design Services 720 0.62 $46.33 $96,370
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 160 0.02 $44.88 $93,350


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 10,270 0.72 1.13 $44.23 $92,000
New York 8,910 1.04 1.64 $39.21 $81,550
Texas 6,860 0.65 1.02 $37.15 $77,270
Florida 3,920 0.54 0.85 $37.37 $77,730
Illinois 3,600 0.64 1.00 $35.13 $73,080




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 1,390 2.12 3.34 $45.53 $94,710
Washington 3,220 1.17 1.84 $33.50 $69,680
Colorado 2,480 1.11 1.76 $38.44 $79,960
Massachusetts 3,390 1.06 1.67 $39.91 $83,020
New York 8,910 1.04 1.64 $39.21 $81,550




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,390 2.12 3.34 $45.53 $94,710
California 10,270 0.72 1.13 $44.23 $92,000
Connecticut 970 0.60 0.94 $43.89 $91,300
Alaska 240 0.76 1.19 $40.65 $84,540
New Jersey 1,760 0.47 0.73 $40.24 $83,700





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 7,300 1.41 2.23 $40.08 $83,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,050 0.79 1.24 $43.77 $91,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,970 1.27 2.00 $44.87 $93,330
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,930 0.80 1.27 $34.39 $71,520
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,860 1.67 2.63 $39.73 $82,630
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,470 1.75 2.76 $33.42 $69,520
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,250 0.85 1.34 $42.63 $88,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.97 1.52 $35.29 $73,410
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,820 1.82 2.87 $48.28 $100,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,680 0.74 1.17 $39.13 $81,390




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 410 2.54 4.00 $32.83 $68,290
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,820 1.82 2.87 $48.28 $100,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,470 1.75 2.76 $33.42 $69,520
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,860 1.67 2.63 $39.73 $82,630
Lawrence, KS 70 1.65 2.60 $36.70 $76,330
Santa Fe, NM 90 1.54 2.42 $28.76 $59,820
Columbia, MO 130 1.48 2.32 $28.50 $59,280
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,300 1.41 2.23 $40.08 $83,380
Ithaca, NY 60 1.32 2.07 $33.96 $70,640
Billings, MT 110 1.29 2.03 $24.59 $51,140




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 60 0.39 0.62 $56.23 $116,960
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.48 0.75 $54.73 $113,840
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 310 0.75 1.19 $54.35 $113,050
Lancaster, PA 220 0.98 1.54 $50.30 $104,620
Montgomery, AL 130 0.79 1.25 $49.01 $101,930
Lincoln, NE 140 0.85 1.34 $48.81 $101,520
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,820 1.82 2.87 $48.28 $100,420
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 880 0.91 1.43 $47.16 $98,100
Greensboro-High Point, NC 100 0.29 0.45 $46.86 $97,470
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 220 0.30 0.48 $46.51 $96,730

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 220 2.98 4.69 $40.74 $84,730
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.15 1.80 $31.12 $64,740
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.98 1.55 $34.55 $71,870
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.40 0.64 $27.40 $56,990
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 0.61 $25.29 $52,600

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 40 3.07 4.84 $46.34 $96,390
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 220 2.98 4.69 $40.74 $84,730
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.15 1.80 $31.12 $64,740
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.98 1.55 $34.55 $71,870
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.91 1.43 $31.25 $64,990

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 40 3.07 4.84 $46.34 $96,390
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 220 2.98 4.69 $40.74 $84,730
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 0.80 $37.12 $77,200
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.33 $37.03 $77,010
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 0.37 $34.95 $72,700


About May 2012 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 the downloadable 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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