Quick Facts: Architects
2012 Median Pay $73,090 per year
$35.14 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Internship/residency
Number of Jobs, 2012 107,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 17% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 18,600

What Architects Do

Architects plan and design houses, office buildings, and other structures.

Work Environment

Architects spend much of their time in offices, where they meet with clients, and consult with engineers and other architects. They also visit construction sites to review the progress of projects. About 1 in 5 were self-employed in 2012.

How to Become an Architect

There are typically three main steps to becoming a licensed architect: completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Exam.


The median annual wage for architects was $73,090 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of architects is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will be strong as the number of applicants continues to outnumber available positions.