Salary for an Architect
Architect Salary 2013
I know you have been dying to know this, so today I might be able to clarify it a bit for you. Maybe you heard that being an Architect is a professional career and you will be rich, or maybe you have heard the opposite that you will be living in poverty as an Architect. Well, both might be true, depending on your situation. Unlike many careers where there is a set range for your level and occupation, Architects can work in so many different avenues, ranging from project types to firm sizes, the amount Architects make varies wildly. Thankfully there are different resources we can use to get a gauge on what to expect and how much Architects make.
More than money
Before we get into the facts and figures of an Architect’s salary, we have to first ask the question, “Why does it matter?” I have been a part of many career day’s with high school students, and salary is almost always the first question that is asked. The usual response is that it doesn’t matter what you make so long as you are happy, which for the most part is true, but I feel that it does still matter. It matters because you don’t want to be so idealistic that you get taken advantage of, and you definitely don’t want to starve. We have become so afraid to talk about money in our profession that it has almost become a dirty word. Of course you want make money, but that comes as a side-benefit to being able to do the work you love. I heard this quote recently from Walt Disney and I think it totally applies to architecture as well, “We don’t make movies to make more money, we make money to make more movies.” Stop right now. Re-read that. It’s important to the discussion. What we do as Architects is not to become rich, but rather to allow us to do it more. If you want to become an Architect, you need to understand this now.