Architecture Firm Compensation Back on an Upward Trajectory

AIA’s Latest Compensation Survey Finds Average Compensation for Staff Positions up 3.5 percent from early 2013

Washington, D.C. – August 11, 2015 – Though U.S. architecture firms are still recovering from the Great Recession, overall business conditions are improving allowing an increase in compensation for architecture positions.  Compensation across the profession increased an average of 1.8 percent per year over the 2013–2014 period, with growth occurring in every architectural staff category, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 Compensation Survey.    

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