Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
88,900 1.7 % $38.70 $80,490 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.61 $27.59 $35.83 $45.82 $58.61
Annual Wage (2) $44,940 $57,380 $74,520 $95,310 $121,910


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 77,500 5.69 $38.38 $79,830
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,470 0.07 $44.66 $92,900
Residential Building Construction 1,250 0.20 $34.21 $71,160
State Government (OES Designation) 1,080 0.05 $37.95 $78,940
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,050 0.15 $36.16 $75,210

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 77,500 5.69 $38.38 $79,830
Specialized Design Services 840 0.67 $45.95 $95,580
Residential Building Construction 1,250 0.20 $34.21 $71,160
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,050 0.15 $36.16 $75,210
Land Subdivision 40 0.10 (8) (8)

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 110 0.01 $57.17 $118,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.01 $55.00 $114,410
Postal Service 80 0.01 $47.54 $98,870
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.01 $46.20 $96,090
Specialized Design Services 840 0.67 $45.95 $95,580


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)
New York 11,070 1.26 1.91 $40.27 $83,760
California 10,250 0.68 1.03 $44.34 $92,220
Texas 7,970 0.71 1.08 $38.44 $79,960
Illinois 4,460 0.77 1.18 $36.46 $75,840
Florida 3,710 0.48 0.74 $36.61 $76,150




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 2,050 3.03 4.61 $40.73 $84,720
New York 11,070 1.26 1.91 $40.27 $83,760
Montana 510 1.14 1.73 $33.12 $68,890
Colorado 2,710 1.14 1.74 $35.42 $73,680
Massachusetts 3,460 1.04 1.58 $42.25 $87,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,250 0.68 1.03 $44.34 $92,220
New Jersey 1,820 0.47 0.71 $43.44 $90,350
Delaware 160 0.38 0.58 $43.12 $89,690
Massachusetts 3,460 1.04 1.58 $42.25 $87,880
Alaska 170 0.51 0.77 $41.87 $87,090





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 9,650 1.79 2.72 $40.72 $84,700
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,630 0.97 1.47 $37.06 $77,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,500 1.47 2.24 $41.90 $87,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,280 0.81 1.23 $42.69 $88,790
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,000 1.67 2.54 $42.74 $88,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,520 1.13 1.71 $38.87 $80,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,470 0.87 1.32 $40.96 $85,200
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,280 1.53 2.32 $36.54 $76,000
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,910 1.44 2.19 $36.37 $75,650
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.96 1.45 $38.75 $80,610




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)
Missoula, MT 110 1.91 2.90 $29.74 $61,850
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,650 1.79 2.72 $40.72 $84,700
Billings, MT 140 1.76 2.68 $31.07 $64,630
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,000 1.67 2.54 $42.74 $88,910
Santa Fe, NM 100 1.61 2.45 $26.80 $55,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,280 1.53 2.32 $36.54 $76,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,500 1.47 2.24 $41.90 $87,150
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,910 1.44 2.19 $36.37 $75,650
Raleigh-Cary, NC 780 1.43 2.17 $38.05 $79,140
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 1.42 2.17 $48.50 $100,870




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,550 1.42 2.17 $48.50 $100,870
Lancaster, PA 200 0.87 1.33 $47.87 $99,570
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 420 0.44 0.67 $47.25 $98,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,590 0.66 1.01 $46.48 $96,670
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 910 1.06 1.61 $46.31 $96,330
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 940 0.71 1.08 $46.03 $95,740
Portsmouth, NH-ME 80 1.33 2.03 $45.47 $94,570
Toledo, OH 160 0.53 0.81 $45.28 $94,170
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.79 1.20 $45.17 $93,950
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 30 0.27 0.41 $44.97 $93,530

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.55 2.35 $37.27 $77,530
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 190 2.41 3.66 $30.99 $64,460
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.93 1.42 $29.50 $61,360
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.24 1.89 $35.59 $74,020
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.70 1.06 $32.93 $68,500

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)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 190 2.41 3.66 $30.99 $64,460
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.55 2.35 $37.27 $77,530
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.24 1.89 $35.59 $74,020
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.93 1.42 $29.50 $61,360
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.70 1.07 (8) (8)

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 0.51 $37.48 $77,950
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.55 2.35 $37.27 $77,530
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.09 0.14 $36.56 $76,040
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.34 $36.50 $75,930
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.24 1.89 $35.59 $74,020


About May 2014 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.

(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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015