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It Pays to be Senior
Eric Wills / ARCHITECT / August 12, 2013
As the recovery limps along, the AIA Compensation Report has good news for senior designers—and those with architecture degrees.
It’s no longer so bleak. For all the dispiriting data in the 2013 AIA Compensation Report, there are plenty of reassuring numbers, too. Although overall architecture salaries barely inched up since the last AIA report, in 2011, and salaries for most positions again failed to keep up with the pace of inflation, senior design and project management staff enjoyed a nice bump in compensation. Moreover, 20 percent of firms reported that they do not hire employees without a professional degree in architecture, up from 15 percent in the 2011 report—a sign that after the spate of recessionary layoffs, firms are now tapping into a pool of qualified candidates when they are hiring. The rate of voluntary turnover also picked up, especially at large firms, a reflection of how business conditions have stabilized. To see how your salary stacks up to the report average, see the charts below.