A I A Compensation Survey Salary Calculator

About the AIA 2017 Compensation Survey & Calculator

Sample Composition

Invitations to the AIA 2017 Compensation Survey were extended to 9,496 uniquely addressable emailable architecture establishments (i.e., single locations of what might be multiple-location firms), developed from three lists supplied by AIA: its HR Large Firm Roundtable participants, its “firm leaders,” and respondents to the 2015 Compensation Survey. In addition, open invitations to complete the survey were published/broadcast by AIA and its component organizations through a variety of means.

Data Collection

Readex broadcast initial email requests (in the name of AIA’s president) to the survey sample on March 16, inviting them to participate in the survey by visiting the access-controlled web site hosted by Readex Research. 230 of the email addresses (or 2% of the total) bounced back undeliverable. On March 22, reminder emails were sent by Readex to the sample members who had not yet submitted one or the other version of the survey. Three additional reminders to nonrespondents were deployed on March 28, April 3, and April 13.

The survey was closed for processing and tabulation on April 19, 2017. A total of 854 unique firms qualified for the main survey, having at least one domestic office with 3+ architecture employees (at least one of whom is full-time). These 854 unique firms reported on a total of 1,147 qualifying locations ("establishments"). Survey data were edited and cleaned by Readex; compensation data were screened for outliers and trimmed (top and bottom 1% of distribution by position) to enhance reliability.

About This Calculator

This salary calculator is based on the same data as in AIA's published report of the 2017 Compensation Survey; responses from the new Small Firm Compensation Survey are not included. Results are shown both for the user's selection, and for all respondents (no selection). Statistics for both base pay and additional cash compensation are displayed.

Results are not displayed if fewer than 5 establishments meet the selection criteria.

This calculator is intended to give a high-level view of the salaries of different architectural staff positions. It does not set definitive salaries and is not intended to be interpreted as such. The salaries listed are broad averages, not adjusted for factors such as location, firm size, type of firm, or other factors. Salaries in many geographic areas will be significantly lower than the ranges noted here.

For More Compensation Data and Insights

To obtain the full 2017 AIA Compensation Report with more insights and information, such as compensation for 21 other positions at architectural firms, details on benefits packages, and select state and metro area salaries, visit

About AIA Research

The AIA Research group provides AIA members with insights and analysis of the economic and market factors that shape the business of architecture. We conduct monthly and periodic surveys to track business conditions and provide our members with useful and timely analysis. We also work with and use data from other institutions to compile information that helps explain the market dynamics of the architecture business. Using our quantitative expertise and deep knowledge of the architecture marketplace, we provide reports and industry outlooks to shed light on the economic environment and how it affects an architectural firm’s performance.

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About Readex Research

Founded in 1947, Readex Research is a nationally recognized independent research company located in Stillwater, MN.  Its roots are found in survey research for the magazine publishing industry, but its specialization in conducting high-quality self-administered surveys has brought it clients from many other markets, including associations, corporate marketers and communicators, and government agencies.

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