Median Starting Salaries (by Institution): Architecture

Salary (by major) data was collected from the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) College Scorecard platform and indicates the median salary of an institution’s graduates two years after receiving their bachelor’s degree in architecture, along with the number of graduates per institution for which the USDOE has salary data. Since the USDOE focuses only on early-career salaries, we limit the salary tables on our Dataverse to “pre-professional” majors where students are more likely to pursue employment immediately after graduation (e.g., as opposed to attending graduate school) and within their undergraduate field of study.

*Note that the USDOE is not able to disclose salary data by major for all institutions offering a major in this area. For example, if a group of individuals within a certain institution is too small, the USDOE must suppress salary data in order to prevent identification of the group’s individuals.

Table Updated December 2023

Institution# GraduatesMedian Starting Salary
152080University of Notre Dame41$57,679UND
110422California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo104$55,884
207388Oklahoma State University-Main Campus12$55,286
110529California State Polytechnic University-Pomona49$55,286
122612University of San Francisco23$55,286USF
212054Drexel University54$54,576
228778The University of Texas at Austin34$54,570UT; UT Austin
211440Carnegie Mellon University32$53,775CMU
170675Lawrence Technological University24$53,608
190415Cornell University37$53,358
194824Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute54$52,316RPI
176080Mississippi State University27$52,107MSU
486840Kennesaw State University47$52,107
100858Auburn University58$52,107
196413Syracuse University49$52,107
233921Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University98$51,960Virginia Tech; Va Tech
135726University of Miami24$51,690UM; UMiami
110635University of California-Berkeley55$51,273UC Berkeley; UCB
214777Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus17$50,856PSU; Penn State
139755Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus35$50,856Georgia Tech
217493Rhode Island School of Design14$50,439
110370California College of the Arts25$50,231
209551University of Oregon70$50,141UO
168227Wentworth Institute of Technology58$50,105WIT
153603Iowa State University72$50,060ISU
194578Pratt Institute-Main119$50,000
207500University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus31$49,962
167358Northeastern University24$49,840
123961University of Southern California102$49,437USC
236948University of Washington-Seattle Campus43$49,136UW
225511University of Houston72$49,019UH
199193North Carolina State University at Raleigh12$49,019NC State; NCSU
145725Illinois Institute of Technology98$48,988IIT
194091New York Institute of Technology60$48,823NYIT
216366Thomas Jefferson University97$48,087
177214Drury University38$47,650
185828New Jersey Institute of Technology150$47,611NJIT
228723Texas A & M University-College Station49$47,260
213826Marywood University33$47,260
221759The University of Tennessee-Knoxville67$47,260UTK
216339Temple University28$47,260
159391Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College29$46,924LSU
163286University of Maryland-College Park34$46,087UMD
199139University of North Carolina at Charlotte45$45,852UNCC; UNC Charlotte
104179University of Arizona50$45,696
204024Miami University-Oxford34$45,584
234076University of Virginia-Main Campus52$45,584UVA
217518Roger Williams University24$45,221
131520Howard University14$44,971
106397University of Arkansas65$44,755
133669Florida Atlantic University55$43,798FAU
228769The University of Texas at Arlington26$43,798UT
131283The Catholic University of America50$42,682
217882Clemson University42$42,276
236939Washington State University17$41,937WSU
174066University of Minnesota-Twin Cities96$41,044UMN
209807Portland State University32$41,007
149222Southern Illinois University-Carbondale27$40,791
204796Ohio State University-Main Campus63$40,728OSU
240453University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee89$40,672
183062Keene State College29$40,461
227526Prairie View A & M University21$39,729
182281University of Nevada-Las Vegas13$39,369UNLV
170976University of Michigan-Ann Arbor47$39,369UMich
145600University of Illinois Chicago41$39,009UIC
203517Kent State University at Kent41$36,995
201885University of Cincinnati-Main Campus21$36,852Cincy
133650Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University14$36,674Florida A&M
163453Morgan State University44$36,488
104151Arizona State University Campus Immersion35$35,954ASU
145637University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign44$35,810UIUC
187985University of New Mexico-Main Campus19$35,594UNM
229115Texas Tech University79$34,963
229027The University of Texas at San Antonio79$34,814
157085University of Kentucky19$34,704UK
166674Massachusetts College of Art and Design13$33,993MCAD
160621Southern University and A & M College12$33,993
166629University of Massachusetts-Amherst14$33,993UMass Amherst
150136Ball State University41$33,281BSU
110662University of California-Los Angeles20$31,305UCLA
142285University of Idaho14$29,685UI
134130University of Florida57$28,598UF
196088University at Buffalo25$27,126
146339Judson University12$26,933

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