U.S. architecture firms have experienced modest improvements in business conditions over the last two years that has resulted in very small gains in compensation levels for staffs. Between 2001 and 2013, the average total compensation increases for architecture positions were only slightly more than one percent per year, according to the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Compensation Survey.

Average compensation

2013

2011

2008

Senior design/project management staff

99,400

94,900

98,800

Architects/designers

73,000

71,600

71,600

Interns

47,000

47,300

45,400

Report costs:

• Full report: $209.50 member/$349 nonmember

• Nine regional reports (New England, Middle Atlantic, East North Central, West North Central, South Atlantic, East South Central, West South Central, Mountain, and Pacific): $119.50 member/$199 nonmember

• Metro Area report (includes Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC): $149.50 member/$249 nonmember

The landing page for the report can be found at www.aia.org/compensation. It includes ordering information and a link to download a free sample chapter of the report.

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