Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 126,700 people employed as architects, except landscape and naval in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $82,300.
Entry level employees earn approximately $49,950 per year and senior employees earn approximately $136,310
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Create three-dimensional or interactive representations of designs, using computer-assisted design software.
- Represent clients in obtaining bids or awarding construction contracts.
- Develop marketing materials, proposals, or presentations to generate new work opportunities.
- Perform predesign services, such as feasibility or environmental impact studies.
- Design structures that incorporate environmentally friendly building practices or concepts, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
- Design or plan construction of green building projects to minimize adverse environmental impact or conserve energy.
- Gather information related to projects' environmental sustainability or operational efficiency.
- Develop final construction plans that include aesthetic representations of the structure or details for its construction.
- Prepare scale drawings or architectural designs, using computer-aided design or other tools.
- Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
- Consult with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
- Meet with clients to review or discuss architectural drawings.
- Monitor the work of specialists, such as electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, interior designers, or sound specialists to ensure optimal form or function of designs or final structures.
- Integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs.
- Plan layouts of structural architectural projects.
- Direct activities of technicians engaged in preparing drawings or specification documents.
- Administer construction contracts.
- Conduct periodic on-site observations of construction work to monitor compliance with plans.
- Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
- Plan or design structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.
- Inspect proposed building sites to determine suitability for construction.
- Design environmentally sound structural upgrades to existing buildings, such as natural lighting systems, green roofs, or rainwater collection systems.
- Calculate potential energy savings by comparing estimated energy consumption of proposed design to baseline standards.
- Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, or reports.